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Ustler Hall Reopens After 27 Years

The fall semester marks the beginning of classes being held within the newly restored Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall, formally known as the Women’s Gym. Once home to Gator athletics, the lovely facility is now the focus of top-notch academics—housing the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Interior of Ustler HallBuilt in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July. A formal dedication service is planned for September 29.



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