photo.jpgAlumni and Friends of Mayville State University are excited about bringing new life to Northwest Hall, a classic American architectural jewel located on the Mayville State campus in Mayville, North Dakota. The building has been rehabilitated for use as an alumni center. The facility houses the offices of the MSU Foundation and Alumni Association.

Northwest Hall was built in 1911 as an infirmary for sick students. The building has served a number of purposes over the years, including the college president's home, dormitory space, student medical offices, and married student housing. 

Work to revitalize Northwest Hall began in 2003, funded in part by a historic preservation restoration grant provided through the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The fundraising campaign started out to raise $895,000, and by July of 2012, a total of $520,000 had been raised, primarily through the sponsorship of various rooms of the building by area individuals, families, and businesses. Work progressed, project by project.

ribbon_cutting_web.jpgIn October of 2012, the Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation announced a gift of $340,000 that would finish the MSU Foundation project to save historic Northwest Hall and turn it into a first-class alumni center. Northwest Hall is named "Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center."

Major renovation work is now complete, and the grand opening celebration was held during Mayville State's 125th Anniversary Alumni Days, Friday, June 20. 

Would you like to make a financial contribution to the project?

There are still some opportunities for you to get involved and help finish the alumni center project. Click here to make your donation online now.

More Information

For more information about the project, or if you wish to make a contribution to the center, contact Beth Swenson at 701-788-4750 or

Click here to see a slide show that shows the transformation of Northwest Hall to The Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center in progress.