Every Norfolk State Spartan knows about the legendary Brown Hall. Previously Tidewater Hall, Brown Hall is the oldest facility on campus and is named after William Clement Brown.
In past years, renovation has been the controversial topic of Brown Hall. Former NSU President Tony Atwater suggested that Brown conditions were not fit for learning. However, many people in the Spartan community were against Brown’s demolition and wanted the building preserved as is.
“Brown Hall brings back memories because everything was in Brown Hall in 1965,” said Lionell Spruill, an alumnus and member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
As a result, a petition was signed against the renovation of the building, but it was overpowered due to the massive need. Prior to the rebuilding of Brown Hall, the Brown family was contacted and gave their full approval.
The existing Brown Hall is equipped with “Classrooms of the Future” which will feature glass on all sides and future flexibility. As of January 2016, Brown Hall is under full renovation and the $24 million project is scheduled to be complete Spring 2017.