Baumer Hall
Residential Hall
University of Notre Dame
Campus quadWest
Coordinates41°41′49″N 86°14′29″W / 41.6970°N 86.2413°W / 41.6970; -86.2413Coordinates: 41°41′49″N 86°14′29″W / 41.6970°N 86.2413°W / 41.6970; -86.2413
MottoPer Ardua ad Spes (Latin)
Motto in EnglishThrough adversity to hope
Named forJohn Baumer
ArchitectGoody Clancy
Architectural stylemodernist Collegiate Gothic
ColorsBurgundy and gold    
RectorRobert Lisowski
Postgraduates2 (serving as Assistant Rectors)
ChapelMartin de Porres
Interhall sportsBaseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, dodgeball, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, soccer, table tennis, tennis, volleyball
BlazonMurrey in chief two bars wavy or in base an anchor or
Baumer Hall
Location in Notre Dame, Indiana

Baumer Hall is one of the 31 residence halls at the University of Notre Dame.[1] It located on West Quad, south of Keough Hall and west of Ryan Hall, on McGlynn fields.[2] It is the newest men's residence hall, built in 2019, after a donation from John and Mollie Baumer.[3][4][5]


The hall was constructed thanks to a $20 million donation from John and Mollie Baumer.[6][7][1][3] it was built to alleviate overcrowding of the present halls and expand the capacity of the campus.[8] Born in South Bend, John Baumer is a 1990 Notre Dame finance graduate and lived in Zahm Hall, and later attended University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.[8] Baumer's father, Fred Baumer, was comptroller for the University of Notre Dame for twenty-one years. Currently, a senior partner at private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners.[8] Baumer made a gift in In 2015, he made a financial gift of $3 million to endow the coaching position for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's lacrosse.[9] He is also a member of Notre Dame's Campaign Cabinet, the Wall Street Committee, and the university's President's Circle, Rite Aid Corp, Petco Animal Supplies, FTD Group and Equinox Fitness.[10][11] Mollie Baumer attended Saint Mary's College and the couple lives in California.[12]

Construction started November 2017 in and was completed August 2019.[13][5] It was built to attain LEED silver certification.[14] For the 2019–2020 school year, the Dillon Hall community lived in Baumer while Dillon was under renovation.[15]

Baumer Hall opened as its own community in 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Its first rector is Robert Lisowski, C.S.C.[16] Lisowski, from Scranton, earned his undergraduate degree from St. John's University and entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2014, served as an assistant rector for Dillon Hall in 2019, and completed his Master of Divinity at Notre Dame in May 2020.[17][18]

The dorm developed a rivalry with the nearby Duncan Hall. The dorm sponsored a plasma donation drive to benefit the South Bend Medical Foundation in its fight against COVID-19.[19][20]


The hall is four-stories high and 78,000-square-feet.[7][11] It features a two-story common lounge, a reading room and communal kitchen, a chapel, a laundry room, a vending area, storage space, and a gym.[2][11][6] The architecture of the hall reflects a modernist collegiate gothic style of the rest of the campus.[21][22] The chapel, dedicated to St. Martin de Porres, was designed with clean gothic architecture and wood detailing.[14]


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  2. ^ a b Tribune, Allie Kirkman South Bend. "Five major Notre Dame construction projects you should know about". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  3. ^ a b "Notre Dame alumnus, wife give $20M to build men's dormitory". AP NEWS. March 7, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Scalia Law School Lands More Than $50 Million, and Indiana U. Gets $30 Million: Gifts Roundup". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. March 11, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "South Bend native gives Notre Dame $20 million gift for new campus residence hall". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Notre Dame alumnus, wife give $20M to build men's dormitory". AP NEWS. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  7. ^ a b Press, Associated. "ND gets $20 million donation for residence hall". Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "New men's dorm opening in August to be named Baumer Hall". The Observer. March 6, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Notre Dame alumnus, wife give $20M to build men's dormitory". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Timeless Appeal: Another Alumnus Donor Makes the Case for the Residential College Experience". David Bohnett Foundation. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Notre Dame Receives $20 Million Gift for Residence Hall". Philanthropy News Digest (PND). Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "South Bend native gives Notre Dame $20 million gift for new campus residence hall". Indiana Economic Digest. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Notre Dame graduate and his wife donating $20 million for new men's residence hall". WSBT. March 8, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Dame, Marketing Communications: Web | University of Notre. "Baumer Hall | Projects | Facilities Design and Operations | University of Notre Dame". Facilities Design and Operations. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  15. ^ "Dillon Hall keeps community in Baumer for year // The Observer". The Observer. 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  16. ^ Dame, University of Notre. "Baumer Hall // Residential Life // University of Notre Dame". Residential Life. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  17. ^ Dame, Marketing Communications: Web // University of Notre. "Baumer Hall // Residential Life // University of Notre Dame". Residential Life. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  18. ^ "Seven rectors begin new roles amid unprecedented residential year // The Observer". The Observer. 2020-08-04. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  19. ^ "The University of Notre Dame holding a Convalescent Plasma Donation Drive". ABC57. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  20. ^ "Baumer Hall to host plasma drive to benefit South Bend community // The Observer". The Observer. 2020-11-03. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  21. ^ "Construction begins on new men's residence hall". Office of the Executive Vice President, University of Notre Dame. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Baumer Hall". Goody Clancy. Retrieved 2020-08-25.