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Old Main Building (1908)

Old Main is the oldest building on campus. The building that stands today was constructed after a fire devastated the original New Paltz Normal School building in April 1906. Old Main Building has housed every incarnation of the institution, which since 1948 has been known as the State University of New York at New Paltz. At one point, all college offices and classes were held in Old Main, which even had its own gymnasium complete with a running track. Today, the School of Education occupies the building. The Huguenot Cafe is located on the lower level. Julien J. Studley Theatre (1919, renovated 1992) was completed in 1919 as an addition to Old Main. The theatre's 1992 renovation was made possible through the donations of real estate magnate Julien J. Studley. The theatre seats up to 760, and it serves as a focal point for major performing arts events, concerts, lectures, and the annual Fall Convocation ceremony.

Did you know . . .
After receiving a $13 million federal appropriation, Old Main underwent a major renovation in 2011, which was celebrated with a rededication ceremony in May 2012. The building now boasts water consumption reduction technology; materials with recycled content incorporated into the construction; and over 10 percent more energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems than the baseline standards dictated by New York State Energy Code.

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