Family donates $25 million for new music building
Observer Staff Report | Saturday, February 4, 2017
A $25 million gift was made to the University as part of the Campus Crossroads project making O’Neill Hall the newest member of the Crossroads collection, according to a press release from the University. The new building will join Corbett Family Hall and the Duncan Student Center as the three structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium.
The donation was made by Helen and Charles Schwab in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph O’Neill III; the building will be called O’Neill Hall in his honor, the release said.
According to the press release, O’Neill Hall will be a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building for the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and hospitality space; the completion for O’Neill Hall is scheduled for August.
“We are deeply grateful to Helen and Charles for their many years of support and, in particular, for this remarkable gift and what it represents for the future of music and the arts at Notre Dame,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement.
The new structure will include two 2,200-square-foot halls for rehearsals and concert performances, a library for both of the music departments, a music lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, four organ practice rooms and faculty offices, the press release said.
The O’Neill family has also provided gifts to underwrite a men’s residence hall — O’Neill Family Hall — and a longitudinal sundial on the south side of Jordan Hall of Science, according to the press release.