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Kennedy and Roberts Halls

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Kennedy Hall and Roberts Halls, joined together by an archway, were historically referred to as "Academic 1."  Roberts Hall, on the north, is the home to the Landscape Architecture Program, the admissions office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in room 195, CALS Student Services, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Kennedy Hall, the southern building, is the home of the Departments of Communication and Education, and the Cornell Dining hall, Trillium.

Construction of Kennedy Hall began in 1987 on this six-story complex, and was finished for the building to open in 1990. The original budget was $15.1 million, and funding came from New York State and the NYS Dormitory Authority. The building was named after Keith Kennedy, former Dean of the Law School and Provost.

Academic 1 replaced the original Roberts Hall, a 1906 building which was demolished to make way for the new construction. Academic 1 also effectively closes off the Agriculture and Life Sciences Quad on the western end. The original Roberts Hall cost $275,000 and was designed by architect George Heins from the State of New York. Both it and the new Roberts Hall were named after Isaac Phillip Roberts, director of the College of Agriculture from 1874-1903.

For more information about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, see http://www.cals.cornell.edu