Olin Hall

Pen and ink rendering of Olin Hall.

Architect's rendering of Olin Hall.

Architects: Johnson Romanowitz

Dates of Construction: 1987 - 1988

Cost: $3.5 million

In 1986 the Franklin W. Olin Foundation of New York City, N.Y., awarded Centre with a $3.5 million grant, the first by the Foundation to a Kentucky college or university, to construct a physical science building on campus. 

In addtion to teaching facilities and labs, it houses a free swinging pendulum.


In March of 2019, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation of Cincinnati, Ohio, awarded a $3 million grant to Centre to support the renovation and expansion of Olin Hall which increased the hall’s square footage by about one-third. The expansion included extended laboratory space for physics and computer science, a new lab for environmental science, and better designed labs for chemistry. 

You can watch a video tour here: Olin Hall