Marquette University's only all-girl dorm, Cobeen Hall is home to some 380 freshman. Originally built in 1928 as the LaSalle Hotel, the building at one time served as a venue for a performance by the Nat King Cole Trio. Marquette purchased the building in 1964 and renamed it after longtime university administrator Charles Cobeen.
1928, construction for the building that eventually became Cobeen Hall was
completed. The eight story building situated on Eleventh Street was known as
the LaSalle Hotel. Throughout its existence the hotel’s lounge (Known as the
“Circle Room”) hosted a number of famous performers. Most notably Nat King
Cole, who performed at the lounge with his Trio in 1946. The performance was
recorded but the tapes were lost for over fifty years when they were released
on the 1999 CD entitled The Nat King Cole
Trio – Live at the Circle Room. In 1964 Marquette University purchased the
LaSalle Hotel as part of an initiative to increase student housing on campus.
The building then underwent significant renovation at a cost of $2.2 million.
Upon completion of the renovation the all-girls dorm was renamed Cobeen Hall in
honor of longtime Marquette Administrator Charles Cobeen.
graduated from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration in
1920. His first administrative role within the university came while he was
still an undergrad when his friend (and future Marquette President) the Very Reverend
Peter Brooks, SJ asked him to serve as the secretary and manager of the planned
student union, a position that Cobeen held for twenty-six years. In 1947 Cobeen
succeeded Henry Banzhaf as the university’s business manager. In 1948 Cobeen
and Brooks worked hard to secure funding for a new student union. The union was
completed in 1953 with Cobeen named “Father of the Marquette Union.” Upon his
retirement in 1963, Marquette President Father O’Donnell honored Cobeen’s
forty-two years of service to the university with the Pere Marquette Award.