Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall, home to the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, has been recognized by the Florida Heritage Foundation and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Preservation Project of Regional Impact.”

Above: Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall.

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History Preserved: Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall Recognized as Florida Treasure

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall, home to the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, has been recognized by the Florida Heritage Foundation and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Preservation Project of Regional Impact.” The award will be presented to the university at the 2008 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on May 8 in Tallahassee.

Formerly known as the Women’s Gym, Ustler Hall was the first permanent structure at the University of Florida intended for campus-wide use. Built in 1919, the building 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 in 2000 from UF alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler allowed for the 87-year-old facility to be transformed into a state-of-the-art, three-level academic structure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in 2006.

“There is a symmetry about Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall that is striking,” UF President Bernie Machen said during the dedication on September 29, 2006. “It is the former Women’s Gym. Its restoration is sponsored by a woman. It is UF’s first academic center to be named exclusively after a woman. And, of course, Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall will serve as home to the university’s women’s studies programs. In that capacity, this building so vital to our history will also remain central to this university’s future.”

The building’s benefactor and namesake, Kathryn Chicone Ustler, graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1961. Ties between her family and UF go back several generations. Her father, Jerry J. Chicone, Sr., was instrumental in establishing the Gator Boosters program in the 1950s and the North End Zone Gator Booster Offices are named in his honor. Her brother, Jerry Chicone, Jr.— a 1956 UF alumnus—is a former president of the organization. And Ustler’s son, Craig Ustler, earned a bachelor’s in economics from UF in 1991 and a master’s in real estate and urban analysis in 1995.

Kay’s passion for historic preservation, her belief in the liberal arts educational experience, and her love for the University of Florida all played a part in her decision to get involved with the restoration. In gratitude of her generous support, the building was renamed in her honor and what was once a “Gym” is now a true campus “Gem.”

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