Patty HallPosted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in A revived housing option is now available for Ottawa University students who are at least 21 years old and maintain a GPA of 2.7 or above. Located two blocks from campus at the corner of 8th and Oak Streets, the renovated apartment building boasts four-bedroom suites with higher-end amenities.
Each of the five four-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom ADA compliant apartment is fully furnished and features a full kitchen with dishwasher, stove, microwave, and table or bar; washer and dryer; internet and cable services; a mounted flat-screen TV; individual bedrooms; assigned parking spots; and direct mail service. Security cameras are mounted in every stairwell to ensure students’ safety.
The University hosted tours of the 22-bed wet facility between January 15 and 22 to showcase the new apartments to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Among the visitors was Gwen Patty, for whom the tour brought back a flood of memories. “The new apartments are beautiful,” she says, “and I think it’s wonderful that they’re being used for this purpose again.”
During the mid-1960s and 70s, her in-laws, Joe and Ruth Patty, bought the plot and erected the building, which they leased to OU as supplemental housing due to a lack of male dormitory space. Gwen and her late husband, Jack ‘53, who formerly served as OU’s dean of students, helped the houseparent Pattys care for the building, which was dubbed Patty Hall at the time. The space later became women’s housing and was eventually sold and converted to apartments.
Because additional housing options, particularly for juniors and seniors, have again become a need at Ottawa University, friend, alumnus and trustee of the University Barry Pelton ’73 and his wife Hope ’71 bought and renovated the building to once again serve as OU housing. The building is being leased to own by the University.
Senior Angela Skerston is one of the first students to live in the newly renovated apartments. “I absolutely love it,” she says. “It’s a great transition from dorm life to after-college life. I think they did a fantastic job of making enough room for four people to live here, and I especially love having my own room.”