(October 16, 2015) – Indiana State University kicked off its sesquicentennial era with the announcement of a $1,000,000 gift.
From the Gayle and Bill Cook Foundation and the unveiling of the restored stained glass dome in Normal Hall.
The gift from the Cook Foundation supported aspects of the renovation of all of Normal Hall that fell outside the $16 million project funded by state dollars as well as other historic preservation efforts on the campus.
Normal Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining building which was originally constructed for use by the Indiana State Normal School. It was a library back in 1910.
Mrs. Cook asked Conrad Schmitt of New Berlin, Wisconsin to take over the dome project. That group also refurbished the Scagliola Columns and reproduced Raphael’s portrait of philosophy for the center of the dome.
The one important rule Mrs. Cook had for the dome project is that the building be used.
Mrs. Cook and her late husband started Cook Medical in 1963 in a spare bedroom of their apartment and built it into a leading international medical device company. They’ve restored numerous historic buildings throughout Indiana and Illinois including the French Lick Springs and West Baden Resorts in Southern Indiana.
ISU has dedicated normal hall for freshman students.
It was officially open Friday October 16.