Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: St. Bonaventure University
Original/Historic Place Name: Lynch Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1900original construction Unknown
1908rebuilt after fire Unknown
1933rebuilt after fire Oakley, Chester
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: terra cotta tile
ca. 1900-1933other (friary)
ca. 1900-1933classrooms
ca. 1900-1933administration
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (science)

Significance: architecture, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

DeLaRoche Hall was originally built as the College Building in 1900. Damaged by fire in 1908, it was rebuilt immediately as Lynch Hall, and served until 1933 as classroom, administrative, and friary space. In 1933 the building was again severely damaged by fire. It was rebuilt of fire resistant materials under the direction of noted Buffalo architect Chester Oakley. Together with surrounding buildings of the old campus, Oakley created a unique environment of highly decorated brick and tile buildings reminiscent of Florentine architecture. This campus creates a tangible link between the University and its intellectual roots in the Italy of St. Francis and St. Bonaventure. Terracotta ornamentation over the main entrance includes references to the local oil industry founded upon the discovery of oil by the Franciscan Fr. DeLaRoche.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Angelo, Mark V. The History of St. Bonaventure University. St. Bonaventure: Franciscan Institute, 1961.

"Big Science Hall for Bona's Now Certain." Bona Venture, April 8, 1927. St. Bonaventure University, Bonaventure, NY, 1.

The Dedication of Fr. Joseph de la Roche d'Allion Hall. [St. Bonaventure, NY: St. Bonaventure College], 1934.

"De La Roche Getting $1.3 Million Renovation." Olean (NY) Times Herald, June 2, 1974, 1-2.

Eaton, Betty. Chester Oakley: His Work on the St. Bonaventure University Campus. Term paper. Spring 1983. Archives, St. Bonaventure College, St. Bonaventure, NY.

"History of De LaRoche Hall Highlighted by Series of Fires." Bona Venture, October 20, 1950.

O'Neill, Megan. "Buildings of Saint Bonaventure." Online (2006). St. Bonaventure College, St. Bonaventure, NY.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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