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The flowering of Folwell

September 8, 2011

Folwell Hall interior.

Appealing study spaces, like this one in Room 7, await students in Folwell Hall.

A historic building reopens after a renovation

By Deane Morrison

Maybe it's our imagination, but the gargoyles on Folwell Hall seem to be smiling these days. And well they might.

The 104-year-old home of foreign language and culture instruction reopened for classes this week after a yearlong renovation. In celebration, the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will host a public re-opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, on Folwell's south lawn. Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen, University President Eric Kaler, and CLA Dean James Parente will be on hand to cut the symbolic ribbon.

Folwell is located at the corner of Pleasant Street and University Avenue S.E., Minneapolis.

Serving 12,000 students a year, Folwell now has several dedicated student study rooms, convenient laptop recharging stations, and student-oriented spaces consolidated in the two lowermost floors of the building.

Other new features include added elevators, an accessible connection to the University's tunnel system, fire safety features, bathrooms on every floor, and, possibly most noteworthy, a quiet central HVAC system that replaces enormous, noisy window air conditioners that made language learning especially trying during warm weather.

Take a sneak peek at the new Folwell at these image galleries:

Interior photos 

Historical, interior, and exterior photos

Tags: College of Liberal Arts

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News release on Folwell reopening

Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

Department of French and Italian

Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Liberal Arts