A ceremony was held yesterday, May 15, to dedicate the newly renovated Sitzmann Hall, now home to the St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies.
Formerly known as Chiuminatto Hall, which housed the St. Thomas Conservatory of Music, the building is located at the northeast corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues.
The move to the newly renovated facility marked the first time that Center for Catholic Studies faculty and staff have been able to work in the same location. The 7,800-square-foot facility has four levels. In addition to office space, it includes a conference room; a computer lab, library and resource room; a lounge and meeting area; kitchen facilities; and a small chapel, which can be used for Mass or as a meditation chapel.
A gift from Eugene and Faye Sitzmann made the building’s major renovation possible. Eugene, a class of 1944 St. Thomas alumnus, and his wife have been strong supporters of the Center for Catholic Studies since its inception and also are members of the university’s President’s Council. The Sitzmanns also were involved in the restoration of the grotto and the expansion of the O’Shaughnessy Library to create O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.