Young Hall

Concrete foundation with rebar sticking out of the walls.

Construction of Young Hall. In the center background is Nevin Hall, also under construction. 1968. 

Charles A. Thomas, photographer

Partially completed, two story, brick and concrete building.

Construction of Young Hall. Visible are Doherty Library (left), Old Young Hall (behind new Young Hall), and Faternity Quadrangle (right), 1969.

Charles A. Thomas, photographer

Architects: Johnson-Romanowitz, of Lexington

Dates of Construction: 1968 - 1969

Cost: $2 million

The second Young Hall replaced Young Memorial Science Hall, and gave the college its first modern science facility in over sixty years. A $373,784 grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare helped fund construction. The three-level brick structure had 55,000 square feet of floor area as compared with 25,000 in Old Young Hall. Originally housing the life and physical sciences, the new building was located directly in front of the first Young Hall. The floor plan called for laboratories not grouped according to discipline, as was traditionally done, but by level of sophistication. Freshmen and sophomore labs were on the first floor, and advanced labs on the second. The building also included a greenhouse, a 175-seat lecture hall, and science library.

The construction work was by Forbes-Morris Building Company of Lexington.


In 2012 Young Hall was renovated. The $20 million project features a 40,000-square-foot addition that created six new large classrooms, eight new teaching labs and eight new faculty research labs, as well as several new common areas to support student-faculty collaborative research.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Gold LEED certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to Centre College for its addition to Young Hall.

You can watch a video tour here: Young Hall

Information from the CentreCyclopedia, and "Centre College's New. . ." Advocate Messenger, November 25, 1969, page 5.

Young Hall