The history of Piper Hall

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Piper Hall Mansion at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus

Ever see this beautiful stone mansion sitting at the southeast corner of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and wonder how Loyola acquired such a property? Also know as Piper Hall, this historic mansion was built in 1909 and was originally home to Cassie and Albert Wheeler. Initially, the building functioned as a private residence, first to the Wheelers and then to the Johnsons.
Since 1934 Piper Hall has served as a library, a student center (with coffeehouse), and a Religious Studies Center for Mundelein College, a Catholic women’s college founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs). After the affiliation of Mundelein and Loyola University Chicago in 1991, Loyola renovated Piper Hall in 2005 and returned portions of the building to its original design.



With each new role, the space was shaped to fit the function through remodels and restorations. Piper Hall’s renaming, both formal and informal, often reflected the new function.  It currently houses the Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women and Leadership and the Women and Leadership Archives, as well as provides a location for university and community events.

If you are interested in learning more about Piper Hall’s history check out the Piper Hall Fact Sheet.

Conference Services handles the rental of Piper Hall for any private events. Due to its intimate setting and stunning lake views, it is an ideal location for small wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal/ baby showers, special events, and networking functions. To inquire about availability you may contact Conference Services at or 773.508.8090.

Gallery of Piper Hall photos can be seen HERE


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