Syracuse University Buildings:

Newhouse Communications Center I

Newhouse I
Newhouse I, SU Photo & Imaging Photos RS 8815

Construction Began: Spring 1962
Dedicated: August 5, 1964
Dedication Speaker: US President Lyndon B. Johnson
Named For: Samuel I. Newhouse
Cost: Approximately $3.9 million
Funding: Samuel I. Newhouse donated $15 million for construction of 3-building communications center
Architects: I.M. Pei with King & King
Contractor: J.D. Taylor Construction
Materials: Pre-cast concrete
Space: 76,000 square feet
Location: 215 University Place
Renovated: 2007 as part of building fund for Newhouse III


A number of cottages and buildings, including Haven Hall, were demolished prior to construction. The flat-roofed building was designed in a cruciform shape. Dedication Hall, with its 32' high ceiling with skylight, occupied the center of the building. When built, Newhouse I was dedicated to the study of print media. It held classrooms, photography darkrooms and studios, various labs, design studios, offices, a library and a public lounge.

In 1965, I.M. Pei received the American Institute of Architects' National Honor Award for his design of Newhouse I.