BGSU Historic Campus Tour
La Maison Francaise
Originally constructed as one of the "cottage-like structures" built under the administration of President Prout, university administrators converted the "French House" to a building that would be the center of French activities and increase cultural diversity on-campus. Administrators designed the "French House" to house a small number of female students fluent in French who would sponsor cultural activities centered in the house. Similarly, these young women would live in and eat in the house where French would be the only language spoken among the residents. Such a building devoted to increasing cultural awareness on campus was a pioneering event for the university. Very few universities in the country could boast of such a residence. Since that time, the building has fulfilled its purpose of providing a center for cultural activities on-campus as well as a forum for many other social organizations and university sponsored events.
Listed below are additional highlights in the history of the building:
- 1970, Board of Trustees approves conversion of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house into a "French House."
- 1971, conversion completed for a cost of $50,000. Conversion financed from a donation of $50,000 by Dr. Paul Wurzberger, honorary French consul.
- 1971, officially dedicated as "La Maison Francaise" by French Ambassador Charles Lucet.