Built in 1887, Old Main is the oldest building on campus. It once housed virtually the entire college: classes, labs, offices, chapel, living areas—even the gym and dining hall. Today Old Main is a Humanities haven, and also includes a fourth floor lounge with the best views of campus. The link between Old Main and the library is an all-night study lounge.
Author Tim O’Brien ’68 (The Things They Carried) was an English major here, former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey taught political science here, and rumor has it that Reader’s Digest founder DeWitt Wallace—from the Class of 1911—once coaxed a cow up to the building’s top floor as a practical joke.
In this building: Classical Mediterranean and Middle East; English; History; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
100 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105