Cornell Law School today is larger, busier, and more diverse
in its student body, academic programs, and administrative
support than when Hughes Hall opened in 1964.
Designed as a residence center, Hughes Hall was given by Myron C. Taylor, who named it in honor of his teacher at Cornell Law School, Charles Evans Hughes. Myron Taylor’s $1,000,000 gift underwrote the construction costs and the facility housed Cornell Law students for several decades, as well as Law alumni returning for Reunion each June.
The Law School’s 2013-2014 construction project, which created a beautiful, state-of-the-art Wing for Academic Instruction and Main Entrance, argued for a re-envisioning of Hughes Hall inside and out.
With a total student population of almost 700; a full-time faculty of 57 and 51 part-time instructors and adjunct professors; and support staff in Communications, Career Services, Alumni Affairs & Development, and Administration & Finance, Cornell Law School must optimize its available space. The 2016-2017 Hughes Hall project does exactly that.
The new design features a highly-visible Event Room and Front Entrance; an enclosed Loggia that leads
directly to the Berger Atrium; an enclosed, exterior staircase on the building’s west face.
The Loggia will feature an exterior wall of full-height windows, overhead ambient lighting, and an adjoining vestibule. It is an enclosed space that connects Hughes Hall to Myron Taylor Hall and the Berger Atrium.
The Front Entry Plaza is located outside the Loggia and leads to the new ground-level entrance at the front of Hughes Hall. It will offer a level expanse created with granite pavers.
The new West Stairway will be constructed on the west face of Hughes Hall. Its five flights will be enclosed in glass and afford views of West Campus, Cayuga Lake, and West Hill, as well as downtown Ithaca.
The Dining room will feature open seating, granite countertops, red oak paneling on walls and ceiling, and a granite floor.
The Event Room will be the foremost public space in the reconstructed Hughes Hall and will host activities and events sponsored by the Dean’s Office; the Law School’s student journals; the Career Services and Public Service Offices; the Dean of Students; International and Graduate Education offices; and Law Alumni Affairs & Development. High-quality hardwood will finish the ceiling and panel the front wall, as well as support columns. Fixed table-desks also will be made of high-quality hardwood.
Naming opportunities are available at many levels for a variety of prominent spaces. We invite Cornell Law alumni and friends to participate in making Hughes Hall new again through a gift that will help us translate vision into reality.
Front Entry Plaza
Dean of Students Suite
International Programs Reception
International Programs Office*
Alumni Affairs & Development Suite
Career Services/Public Service Suite
Student Journal Office Suites
Student Group Offices Suite
Visiting Scholars Lounge
* Multiple naming opportunities available
$75,000 ( 1 claimed)
$150,000 ( 1 claimed)
For more information about naming opportunities at Cornell Law School, please call the
Development Office at (607) 255-3373.