Bexley Hall has worn many hats in its time on campus. Originally, the building served as the home for the Bexley Hall seminary, Kenyon’s former graduate school of divinity, according to College Historian and Keeper of Kenyoniana Tom Stamp ’73 in a Sept. 10, 2015 Collegian article.
In 1968, the seminary separated from Kenyon and moved to Rochester, N.Y. It took its library, which had been kept in Colburn Hall, according to Stamp. The building also used to house the Kenyon Review’s printing press.
Most recently, the art department used Bexley as an extra studio space in 2012. So what’s next for Bexley Hall?
The historic building has sat abandoned on North Campus for the last two years, but this summer, the College has tentative plans for the space.
Bexley will house 12 members of the staff from User Services in Kenyon’s Information and Technology Services department who will be displaced by the West Quad project, according to Seth Millam, construction project manager for Kenyon. The staff will move into the building at the start of June.
Until that time, Bexley will undergo minor renovations, such as new painting and flooring.
The College will also install a K-Card reader on the front door.
Millam said he was unaware what would happen to Bexley after the library project is completed.