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Ophelia Duhme Residence Hall (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1934-

Historical Information

Ophelia Duhme Residence hall is a four-story brick, stone, and reinforced concrete structure consisting of a central portion (42x32 ft.) and two wings each (42x109 ft.) with a fireproof roof. It contains 73 rooms, a main living room, two lounges with kitchenette, four reception rooms, a large recreation room, a completely equipped kitchen, a laundry room, and a four-bed infirmary. Originally designated as Women's Residence Hall South, the Women's Residence Halls were the first residence halls for women on Purdue's Campus. A lot of debate went in to planning this construction process and the fees associated with living in the new residence hall, as shown in the Board of Trustees Minutes. The building was renamed Ophelia Duhme Hall in 1942 and then Ophelia Duhme Residence Hall in 1969. All 5 women's residence halls were also referred to as Windsor Residence Halls on August 27,1969. Windsor was designed so that nearly every room in each hall would receive sunlight sometime during the day. A unique feature of four out of the five halls is that they line up in a straight line. If one were to open the lobby doors in Duhme, Shealy, Warren, and Vawter, you would be able to shoot an arrow in a straight line through all of them.


Ophelia Duhme Residence Hall. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed September 19, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Campus Art Survey records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 62, Placement: 02
Identifier: UA 142
Scope and Contents The Campus Art Survey records contain reports and inventories of the various paintings and works of art that were present on campus. The reports include the locations of the works of art at that time.
Dates: 1938 - 1958