Purchased by Marquette University in 1979, Mashuda Hall is home to home to over 380 underclassmen. By far Mashuda is best know for housing the Beatles following their performance at the Milwaukee Arena on September 4, 1964. Prior to the 1979 purchase, the building was formerly the Coach House Motor Inn, and later a Holiday Inn. The dorm is named after Josephine Hallman Mashuda.
to being purchased by Marquette University, Mashuda Hall was a hotel.
Originally known as the Coach House Motor Inn, it was under this name that the
Beatles famously stayed at the hotel. Following their show at the Milwaukee
Arena (Now the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena) on September 4, the Beatles spent
the night at the hotel as dozens of fans spent the night outside of the
building, hoping to catch even a glimpse of the band. The band stayed in a room
on the top floor known as the Governor’s Suite (which has since been renovated
into two separate rooms). Eventually the hotel became a Holiday Inn, which it
remained until the building was bought by Marquette University in 1979.
Unlike many of the other
dormitories and apartments on Marquette’s campus, Mashuda Hall is not named
after a former alumnus, faculty member, or an administrator. The dorm is named
after Josephine Hallman Mashuda, a personal friend of former Marquette
President Reverend John Raynor. Following the purchase of the Holiday Inn,
Reverend Raynor convinced Mashuda to make a donation to the university to help
fund the renovation. Josephine’s husband, Frank Mashuda, was a World War One
veteran as well as a successful businessman who founded the Frank Mashuda
Company in 1922. Mashuda’s excavation business operated under his name until it
was purchased by Mountaintop Excavation.