"A historic building on the Christian Brothers University campus will find new life in the offices and homes of its alumni.
Construction and reclamation of the materials of CBU's first building, Kenrick Hall, began this morning with the removal of its iconic cupola.
“The cupola preservation has been the most challenging part of this project so far,” said Justin Grinder of Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. “We have gone through a significant amount of effort to brace and lift the cupola off of the roof in one piece. We look forward to repurposing several of these items on campus.”
Built in 1939, Kenrick no longer offers functional use, but CBU recognizes its historical relevance and emotional attachment as the oldest structure on the university’s East Parkway campus.
In an effort to preserve Kenrick’s abiding value, craftsman and arborist Terran Arwood of Woodland Tree Service is collecting the building’s wood materials, as well as on-site tulip poplar trees, to recycle into furniture and keepsakes.
“It is one of my greatest pleasures to be able to reclaim and recycle pieces of this iconic building in this manner,” Arwood said. “It is particularly rewarding to work with an institution and building that clearly holds a special place in the history and hearts of CBU alumni and the greater Memphis community.”
Kenrick Hall will be replaced with the future Rosa Deal School of Arts building, designed by ANF Architects Inc., a project made possible by a $5.4 million estate gift from Dr. Rosa Deal, CBU’s first female faculty member.
“Whether as an art object on your desk or the desk itself, Kenrick will continue to live beyond tangible reach,” saidWendy Sumner-Winter, CBU's senior director of external affairs and donor relations. “The narrative of a campus treasure will remain relevant today and in the future.”
In addition, CBU has created a multimedia Kenrick Memory Project, which invites students, alumni and members of the community to share memories and artifacts associated with Kenrick Hall.
For more information about the Kenrick Memory Project, visit www.kenrickmemoryproject.org."