Huntingdon’s Ligon Hall Reopens for Freshman Women
Montgomery, Ala.—When Ligon Hall opened for the first time on the Huntingdon College campus in 1948, it housed 100 women in double rooms. Earlier this month, Ligon Hall reopened after being closed for five months as it was restored to fulfill its original capacity and purpose. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday, August 26, at 5:00 p.m. in front of Ligon Hall to celebrate the reopening of the building.
Built in 1947 for $200,000 and designed by architect Clyde Pearson, the building was constructed to meet the demands of a burgeoning student body in the aftermath of World War II. The year before its opening, 100 men who had just returned from the war enrolled on GI Bill benefits, and Huntingdon, which had educated men since the 1930s but remained a women’s college, became officially co-ed. Ligon Hall was name in recognition of a gift from the Ligon family, honoring long-time president of the Board of Trustees Lieutenant-Governor Robert F. Ligon and his son, Robert F. Ligon Jr. The elder Ligon was a member of the Board of Trustees from the College’s founding in 1854 in Tuskegee until his death in 1899, prior to the College’s move to Montgomery in 1909. The renovation, at an estimated cost of $1 million, was funded by gifts from members of the College’s current Board of Trustees.
“This reopening of Ligon Hall is a strong expression of confidence by our Trustees in the future of the College,” said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. “As we open the 2009–10 academic year, our student population has enjoyed six years of enrollment growth. This growth is what led to the need for the renovation of Ligon. Just as in the 1940s, our space for residents had become stretched to the limit. With Ligon fully functional as a more modern facility for women, we have room for growth and can begin to focus on fund-raising for other plans for residential expansion in the future.”
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto is, ’Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”