On May 22, 1964, the new Augustinian Collegiate Seminary of St. Mary, or St.
Mary's Hall, was dedicated on the west end of campus. In his Foreword to the
dedication booklet, the Rev. Thomas F. Gilligan, O.S.A. wrote:
For a building such as ours, the distinction between
art and function is pointless...This building has one purpose: to bring the
souls, minds and hearts of men close to God, so that later they can bring
God close to men. Therefore, the design of the building itself, every
painting and stained glass window, every mosaic and statue, all the symbols
and scrolls, all the portraits of the saintly and scholarly brethren of
other ages—all join in this one common endeavor: to raise men heavenwards.
This is no vain display-case; it is not a home of gracious living; it is not
an art gallery...Here the better-instructed friar can find a hundred lessons
a day in the arts which surround him. That is why they are here.
Since 1972, the College of Nursing has called this building home. In addition
to office and classroom space, the building contains housing for nearly 300
students, and has its own gym, pool, cafeteria, library and laundry room.