History of McAllister Building
Centrally located between Old Main and the HUB Student Center, the McAllister Building is the home of the Department of Mathematics at Penn State.
Mac Hall was constructed in 1904, and originally occupied as a men's dormitory. In 1915 it became a women's dormitory, and was later converted to an academic building. In addition to the Math Department, the McAllister Building also houses the on-campus U.S. Post Office, which is the official home of the zip code 16802 (University Park).
As a college dorm, McAllister probably never saw as much wear-and-tear as it did in its later life as a departmental and classroom building. In 2004 an $8-million renovation project was begun, and the new McAllister Building was re-opened in the summer of 2005. It now houses the Offices for Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Studies, as well as the faculty and students of the department.
The mathematics Department is housed in the newly renovated McAllister Building on the University Park Campus. McAllister Hall, as it was originally called, opened as a men's residence hall in 1904 and destined to be converted to a women's dorm in 1915.
The next time you are visiting Penn State we invite you to stop by the new home of the Department of Mathematics, home to our hard-working graduate students and faculty!