Two decades ago, while working out of the basement of Loyola Hall, the office of alumni relations and the alumni association envisioned a facility and home to better serve alumni and the Fairfield University community. On May 31, 2000, with the dawning of the new millennium, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place and the alumni association proudly presented what once was a dream as a reality.
Situated in front of McAuliffe Hall, just beyond Fairfield's main gate, the new Alumni House is a landmark welcoming alumni and friends back to the university. The 9,600 square foot building not only accommodates the offices of the alumni relations staff, but also provides the alumni association and the university community with meeting and event venues.
The Robert J. Brennan, Jr. '65 Room, located on the ground floor, is a "great room" for alumni and the university community to gather for meetings, award ceremonies, and social gatherings. The room was named after Bob as a way to acknowledge and recognize him for his unselfish commitment and dedication to the alumni association and Fairfield University.
The building, which was designed to harmonize with the French Chateau architectural style of McAuliffe Hall, gains a unique position in the university's history as the first building on campus to be designed in-house. Michael Cusato, senior design assistant at Fairfield University, is proud to add the Alumni House to his portfolio as another great success and completion of an architecturally magnificent structure.
Adding to the charm and ambience of the structure is the well-planned interior design that was created by Kathi Gernat, allied member A.S.I.D., who through her 13-year career has created interiors in New York City, Fairfield, and Westchester Counties. Her furniture choices embellish the traditional and elegant style of the Alumni House.
The creation of the Alumni House was made possible through the generous support of the alumni association in partnership with the university.