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Renovated 104-year-old Folwell Hall reopens on U of M campus

Folwell Hall, the historic landmark classroom building on the University of Minnesota’s main campus, will reopen Tuesday after a $34.5 million renovation.

It is the home for several foreign language departments: Asian Languages and Literature; French and Italian; German, Scandinavian and Dutch; and Spanish and Portuguese.

It had been closed last school year for the renovation.

Folwell was built in 1907 and, with its gargoyles and cherubs dotting the exterior, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The renovation included classroom upgrades, student study rooms, convenient laptop recharging stations and student-oriented spaces.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m., with Regent Linda Cohen, President Eric Kaler and Dean James A. Parente Jr. of the College of Liberal Arts.

After the ceremony, there will be refreshments and self-guided tours of the building at the corner of 15th and University Avenues Southeast, on the U’s East Bank campus.

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