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From 1885 to 2013, Ambrose Hall

July 2013

Ambrose Hall was built in 1885 as the first structure on what has become an urban university campus. Currently underway is an extensive exterior renovation costing more than $5 million.

The renovation includes replacing windows in both buildings, some of which may be more than a century old; replacing sandstone with limestone on the lower portions; and replacing crumbling brick and deteriorating mortar.

Work will also include removing false mansard roofing and returning the central tower to the way it looked in 1885, with a working bell that will be rung on special occasions.

Enjoy videos, photos and stories about the renovation, the history, and the memories of St. Ambrose's iconic—and beloved—Ambrose Hall.

View a Flickr album of historic photos!

Enjoy an engaging video story about the renovation—complete with interviews and historic photos. Watch the video. (2:01)

Print Media:
Quad-City Times: St. Ambrose University hall gets facelift
Dispatch/Argus: Ambrose Hall to undergo $5M repairs, renovations
Catholic Messenger: Ambrose Hall is undergoing renovations


  • Our Stories Live Through Ambrose Hall
    If Ambrose Hall could talk, what stories do you think it would tell?
    It has certainly been witness to Ambrosian moments too countless to fathom: The bashful guy awkwardly asking the popular girl out on a first date. The quiet prayer of a young student in the Grotto searching for peace after a difficult day. The craziness of Last Blast, the relief after a class presentation ... Go to the story.
  • Ambrose Hall: A Great and Lasting Building
    As they walked along creaky wooden planks toward the imposing brick building tucked neatly behind a grove of oak trees on the far northern reaches of Davenport, the young students—all men—took in the towering magnificence for the first time. Read more.
  • Updates in Store For Ambrose, LeClaire Halls
    It took 128 years, but the original construction plans for Ambrose Hall finally may be completed this year. Find out more.

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