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Alverno Then & Now

Corona Hall: Alverno's Original Residence Hall

Built as Alverno's first residence hall, Corona Hall was part of the original construction
and opened its doors in fall 1953. The postcard photo below was taken shortly
after Corona Hall opened and looks quite bare with no Clare Hall beside it.

This is an early postcard photo of Corona Hall before Clare Hall was built.

 

 

Here is the Corona Hall Lobby as it looked in the early 1950's.

This is a photo of the Corona Hall Lobby as it looked in the early 1950's.

 

Here is a view of the Fish Bowl, lobby to both Corona Hall and Clare Hall taken in fall 2018.

This is a photo of the Corona Hall and Clare Hall Lobby, the "Fish Bowl," as it looked in Fall 2018.

 

 

There used to be a lovely lounge on Corona's first floor (this photo was taken in the 1950's)...

This photo from the 1950's shows the lovely first floor lounge in Corona Hall.

 

The space was transformed over the years. During the late 1970's -1990 it housed Children's
Place, a pre-school run by Alverno Elementary School.  Now it is home to three classrooms
including this one.

One of the three Corona classrooms is shown in this photo.

 

 

Depicted here are early 1960's resident students in a Corona
hallway praying the rosary at bedtime.

Taken in the early 1960's, this photo shows students lined up in a Corona hallway praying the rosary at bedtime.

 

Here is a view of a Corona hallway taken in fall 2018.

This is a photo of the Corona second floor hallway taken in fall 2018.

 

 

There used to be four floors of resident rooms like this one from 1957...

A Corona Hall resident room from 1957

 

Now there are four floors of faculty offices like this one. This photo was taken in fall 2018.

This is a view of a Corona Hall faculty office taken in fall 2018.

 

 

 

The Corona basement space, room B8, that now houses the Alverno College Archives has also
had many incarnations. First it was used as a temporary dining room for the sisters who came
to campus to clean and prepare spaces before the college opened in its new environs in fall
1953. While Corona Hall was used as a dormitory, the space was its smoking lounge. Later
it was used as a large muscle room for the children of Children's Place preschool when
the weather was inclement. Before the archives moved into the space in the summer of 1992,
it had to be thoroughly cleaned because it had been used as a ceramics studio by the art department.

 

This photo of the archives was taken in 2003.

This is a photo of the Alverno College Archives, Corona room B8, taken in 2003.