Celebrating Memories of Carter Hall

By Karlie Perry '19, '19

A bittersweet construction project has been taking place on Main Campus – Carter Hall is being demolished. 

Carter Hall’s history first began on February 21, 1963, when The University of Toledo announced plans to build a five-story men’s residence hall, which would house 280 students. It was to be named Carter Hall, in honor of the late Dr. Raymond Carter, who was with the University from 1923 until his death in 1950. Carter was dean of administration from 1934 to 1950, and served as acting president in 1947 and 1948. He also was a professor of secondary education and the founder of ARX, more formally known as Blue Key. 

When originally built in 1964, Carter Hall had a single wing. The East wing was added a year later in 1965. Each wing was divided into two female floors and three male floors. Carter Hall offered “a Marco’s Pizza, computer labs, TV lounges, coin and Rocket card-operated laundry facilities, and all the other amenities suite to offer truly make it a home away from home for students.” 

Throughout the years, Carter Hall was home to different learning communities such as floors dedicated to athletes or engineers. 

As outlined in the UToledo Master Plan, the space is expected to ultimately feature consolidated athletic spaces, including baseball and softball diamonds.

When the Alumni Association shared the news on Facebook, hundreds of alumni flooded to the comments to share their memories of living in the residence hall:

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“I lived on the fifth floor of West from fall ‘86 – summer of ‘88. It was so overbooked in ‘86 that four of us shared the 5th-floor lounge! By Christmas, we were all moved to official rooms. I wonder where those others girls went? I have so many memories in the dining hall that connected us. (Boys only in East, Girls in West back then) and the walk through the woods to the stores – all now part of UToledo.” – Dawn Vassel

“I lived in Carter West. Was at UToledo for Homecoming this year. The memories and friendships were wonderful.” – Akinra Brown

Carter East ‘86-‘87. Some of the best memories of my whole college experience. Definitely good times!” – Martin Goss

“Carter East ‘92-‘95. Mostly good memories except when in the shower and people had to yell “FLUSHING” otherwise you would feel scorching hot water without being able to get out of the way!” – Monica Cruz-Guel

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