Bond Hall Celebrates 100 Years

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades


The building now known as Bond Hall began as Lemonnier Library, Notre Dame’s first purpose-built library. Rev. Thomas J. Shahan, D.D. blessed and dedicated the Lemonnier library building on Sunday, June 10, 1917, during the University's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Made from Indiana limestone, the two-story, Beaux Arts Classical structure was designed by Architect Edward Lippincott Tilton of New York.

The building was named for Rev. Auguste Lemonnier, C.S.C. (1839-1874), the fourth president of Notre Dame from 1872 to 1874, and the creator of Notre Dame’s first central circulating library in 1873.

Following construction of Memorial Library (known today as Hesburgh Library) in 1964, the Lemonnier Library was renovated and became home of the architecture program and known as the Architecture Building. In 1995, a generous gift from William W. Bond, Jr. '50 and his wife Joanne allowed the building to be extensively renovated, and it was rededicated as Bond Hall in 1997.

A series of events will take place this fall to honor the anniversary including a special Alumni Weekend open house on Friday, September 29, 2017.