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Willard Straight Hall

Willard Straight Hall was named for Willard Dickerman Straight (class of 1901) who served in WWI. He left a large portion of his estate to Cornell for the purpose of building what would become one of the first student unions in the country. As one of the first college unions in the United States, this Gothic structure was modeled after Hart House at the University of Toronto. Straight instructed his wife to use his money,”…to make Cornell a more human place.” Willard Straight Hall is now considered to be the hub of the university campus activities.

An archive of Willard Straight’s papers are available online at: