Constructed in 1949, Crowe Hall was formerly an all-male student residence. Since then, little in the way of refurbishments and renovations had been made to update and modernize the building. In light of this fact, and for their past work on another campus residence hall, Hanover College commissioned Hastings+Chivetta Architects to complete an extensive renovation of Crowe Hall.
Major renovations to the student housing facility included all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fixtures, HVAC upgrades, and enhanced interior finishes.
Crowe Hall was reduced from 132 beds to 120 beds in order to accommodate space for additional programs and expansions, such as a new kitchen area and an additional laundry room.
The student residence maintained its double and single rooms but was enhanced to include suite-style rooms in the east and west wings and double-loaded corridors in the north and south areas. Crowe Hall will be the first co-ed residence hall to house double-loaded corridors with each floor housing shared, gender-neutral bathrooms. Each suite also has its own private bathroom.
A new elevator was installed and study rooms were updated, and lounge spaces were also redesigned for comfort. Key card entry allows for student and faculty access into the building.
The Crowe Hall renovation was completed in October 2008.