Kaufman Hall

Kaufman Hall, 1960s

Kaufman Hall is one of the six buildings that surround Kaufman Mall on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). It is located on the west side of the mall between Webb University Center and Monarch Hall. The building is named after Charles Kaufman, a Norfolk lawyer and strong proponent of Old Dominion’s independence.


Charles L. Kaufman (l) with Governor Harrison and Lewis W. Webb, Jr. (r), 1965

Dedicated in 1965, Kaufman Hall is one of four buildings housing the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Due to the program’s rapid growth in the 1960s, the Engineering Laboratory Building, later renamed Duckworth Hall after former Norfolk mayor Fred Duckworth, was built next door in 1971. A glass structure was built to connect the two buildings in 1986. In the mid-1990s, due to the controversy of Duckworth’s past as a supporter of segregation, his name was taken off the building. Today, both buildings make up Kaufman Hall.


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