Holy Family University’s Marian Hall, located on the corner of Frankford Avenue and Grant Avenue, has recently gone through a transformative restoration courtesy of a generous, anonymous donor. The building was officially blessed and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 23.
“Holy Family University is tremendously fortunate to have individuals who are always looking to give back to our proud University,” said President Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD. “I am humbled by our generous donor and his team, who put countless hours of hard work into transforming Marian Hall into the beautiful building that stands here today. I want to sincerely thank all of those who contributed their time and energy to this project. Please know that Holy Family is forever appreciative for all that you’ve done.”
Marian Hall’s original footprint encompassed 7,365 square feet. Renovations added an additional 5,100 square feet, bringing the structure to a total of more than 12,400 square feet. The building features a full eat-in kitchen, handicap-accessible elevator, energy efficient lighting and windows, hardwood floors throughout the first floor, and incorporated and preserved the original stone exterior wherever possible.
The building will be occupied by the President’s Office, as well as the Office of University Advancement.
Marian Hall is just a first step towards various campus improvements. In fact, Holy Family University engaged Kimmel—Bogrette of Blue Bell, PA to guide a campus masterplan process that will address the space needs of the university and its students going forward. While still in development, such plans include renovations to the Campus Center and Holy Family Hall, designed to consolidate student services to improve student access and enhance their experience.
Marian Hall was originally purchased in the Summer of 1968 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, and between 1968 and 1974 it was used by the Sisters as a faculty house. Beginning in 1974, Marian Hall was used by the then named Nursing Department for administration and student purposes. Following the completion of the Nursing Building in 1977, Marian Hall was occupied by Alpha House in September 1977. In 1984 the offices for Institutional Advancement were relocated to Marian Hall after Alpha House moved to its current location next to the Library. Marian Hall was vacant for a few years due to the relocation of Institutional Advancement offices after 2008.