Buildings on the URI Quadrangle: Ballentine Hall

Ballentine Hall
Ballentine Hall
Photo by Joe Giblin

Increased enrollment during the 1960s created a need for a new building on campus. Business faculty and alumni successfully lobbied President Francis H. Horn to designate the new facility as a business college.

Ballentine Hall, home to the College of Business Administration, was completed in 1967. The 46,750-square-foot, three-story building, was named in honor of George A. Ballentine, a former dean of the college. The building reflected a contemporary design.

In 2003, Ballentine Hall underwent a $10.9 million renovation and expansion project. The original building was partially demolished on its current site, leaving the foundation, structural steel, and floor slabs in place.

State-of-the-art wireless computer technology was incorporated throughout the structure. Its granite exterior façade now complements the other buildings on the historic quadrangle. A concrete plaza, park benches, and an array of light posts highlight the building’s entrance.

Constructed with a 5,300-square-foot addition, a special feature of the building is the Bruce S. Sherman Trading Room with access to stock trades and purchases in real time from financial markets around the globe.

Today undergraduate students have a choice of nine undergraduate majors: accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, general business, global business, marketing, supply chain management, textile marketing, textiles, fashion merchandising and design, as well as, two interdisciplinary majors: International Business Program and Green Business. The college also offers a variety of graduate degrees.

The stately buildings ringing the University of Rhode Island’s Quadrangle helped shape the story of the institution. Here, on the occasion of URI’s 125th Anniversary, we present you with a narrative behind the walls of that historic timeline.

**Much of the historic data in this article was culled from information provided by the late Sandy Taylor, a champion of historic preservation and land conservation, who served as University Architect from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. We are also deeply indebted to students enrolled in Catherine DeCesare’s history class last fall who provided additional information. DeCesare is a history coordinator, academic advisor, and lecturer. Finally, we would like to thank Mark Dionne, Archives and Special Collections, for his patience and vast knowledge.