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An artist's rendering of L.R. Wilson Hall, located at the site of the former Wentworth House.

L.R Wilson Hall, McMaster's future home for the liberal arts

The Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities are getting a new home with the construction of the L.R. Wilson building.

Jul 01, 2015

“L.R. Wilson Hall will change the way learning and teaching happens in the liberal arts,” says Ken Cruikshank, acting dean of humanities. “This is a transformative moment.”

The project is made possible by a $45.5-million investment from the province of Ontario, and a $10-million gift from McMaster’s Chancellor and liberal arts alumnus L.R. (Red) Wilson.

As the design vision of the building was taking shape, groups of students, faculty, staff and neighbours who live in the community adjacent to the building location have been involved in sharing ideas and providing feedback.

“It is extremely gratifying to see such a strong interest from the community,” says Charlotte Yates, dean of social sciences. “There has been and will continue to be extensive consultation with students, faculty and our neighbours as the project continues.”

The building, to be LEED certified, will house McMaster’s Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences. It will include:

  • classrooms
  • research spaces and labs
  • performing arts facilities, including a 350-seat concert hall
  • public gathering and community spaces
  • gardens

Located on the site of the old Wentworth House, construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

You can view the presentation materials and renderings online.