Olin Hall2019-10-17T15:15:13-04:00
  • Olin Hall exterior
  • Olin Hall exterior
  • Artist's rendering of Olin Hall renovation

Olin Hall

Built: 1988
Renovated: 2012 

Named for: F.W. Olin Foundation
Address: 630 West Walnut Street
ADA Accessible: Entrance, restrooms, elevator

  • Science Center
  • Classrooms
  • Faculty Offices

Franklin W. Olin Hall is home to the College’s academic programs in chemistry, data science, environmental studies, mathematics, and physics. It opened in 1988, thanks to a 1986 grant of $3.5 million from the F.W. Olin Foundation, which covered all costs related to design and construction. It was the first construction grant from the foundation to a Kentucky college or university and the only grant made that year. In announcing the grant, Centre president Richard L. Morrill referred to an Olin Foundation grant as the “Pulitzer Prize” of higher education. One of the signature features of the building was a two-story Foucault pendulum, which demonstrates the rotation of the Earth beneath the plane of the pendulum’s swing.

To ensure that the facility continues to provide faculty and students with outstanding space for instruction and research, the College will begin a major expansion and renovation of Olin Hall in the fall of 2019. In March of 2019, Centre was awarded a grant of $3 million from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation that provided important momentum for the project. We invite interested alumni, parents, and other friends of the College to consider opportunities to name existing and new spaces in Olin Hall.

The Story Behind The Name: Olin Hall