Lamberton Hall History
building was named in memory of Lehigh’s third
president, Robert A. Lamberton
opened in 1907 and originally served as the dining
hall and commons for the University until 1926
use of this space as a dining hall was discontinued
in 1926 due to lack of use
was renovated and was then used by the Department of
Founder’s Day in 1941, the new renovations were
dedicated, again making it a student dining area,
until 1958 when Packer Hall/University Center
renovations were completed and student dining was
building was then turned over to the music
department until the completion of Zoellner Arts
the completion of Zoellner the space temporarily
housed several offices during department
renovations, private music lessons, Friday and
Saturday late nigh programming, and multipurpose
the spring of ’04 two students, Kurt Lesker ’05 Senate
Facilities and Housing Comm. Chair and Rick
Longenecker ’05 Senate President, presented an
on-campus diner concept to President Farrington.
committee was assembled comprised of approximately 20
students representing IFC/Panhel, RHA, Gryphons,
Senate, UP, Grad. Students, and representatives from
Facilities, Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Student
Activities/Programs, Student Center Facilities, and
involvement was essential in the designing of this
students wanted to create an atmosphere that
encompassed the multitude of traditions that they
experience while at Lehigh.
After viewing several layout boards, provided
by the architectural firm, consisting of color scheme
and textures the student committee choose dark wood
and beige/brown tones.
Having booths for seating and moveable center
area seating to allow for small or large groups were
also important to the students.
food aspect to the diner based on the student input
from the committee was to have “cheap” menu items,
burgers, shakes, fries, traditional diner food,
including breakfast available all day.
began in the spring ’05 with a west wing expansion
that included an elevator, loading dock, and kitchen
original structures of the wagon wheel lights are
original to the building; the light fixtures within
each wagon wheel have evolved over time to provide a
different type of lighting – for maintenance and
quality of lighting.
An article pertaining to the unique
progression of the light fixtures was featured in the
Alumni Winter 2006 bulletin.
The chandeliers were sent out for some much
needed improvements and a special hand painted faux
antiquing process antiqued by hand with a special
glazing technique such as new light fixtures/bulbs, a
special hand marbleized technique was used on a
special type of plastic sheeting, and customized
finish was used on the frame work.
exterior fixtures on the west entrance are from the
1926 renovation and were refurbished.
company in Philadelphia was outsourced to repair all
of the stain glass work and the special technician
that did the work was a Lehigh graduate Christopher
gas fireplace creates a cozy feel for students to
lounge in front of.
Plasma TV’s are located within the diner and mezzanine
level to keep students entertained, as well as,
foosball, billiards, and air hockey.
diner was dedicated and official opened on February 3,
Great Room was dedicated in September of 2011 as the
Kenner Great Room.
of operation 7 days a week opening
office hours begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday – Friday
Hawk’s Nest Hours:
- Wednesday........10:30 a.m.- 2:00 a.m.
Thursday - Friday.............10:30 a.m. -4:00
Saturday........................11:00 a.m. - 4:00
Sunday..........................11:00 a.m. - 3:00
renovation cost was approximately $5.5 million.
Lamberton Usage Committee 2006-2007 was established
with a committee comprised of Undergraduate and
Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff.
Center Facilities and Operations Goals:
actively involve students, individually and
through student groups, by encouraging
self-directed programs and activities.
create a stimulating, satisfying, and inclusive
environment for the campus community by seeking
opportunities that will encourage collaboration of
events between organizations, student groups,
departments, and Dining Services.
provide spaces for students to participate in or
observe activities, meet, relax, eat, learn and be
generate more student interest in the entire
building by creating a seamless transition between
the Hawk’s Nest and Student Center Operation
spaces by co-sponsoring themed events, special
interest programs, game nights, movie nights, and
programming around strong following TV shows and
thoughtful and deliberate facility development
Lamberton Hall will provide a space that engages
students in a comfortable and socially inviting
atmosphere encouraging creativity, community, and
Outcome for Lamberton Hall and the Hawk’s Nest:
will have a multitude of opportunities to develop
more personal and communal connections with one
another as a result of our ability to shape
Lamberton into an environment that is inviting,
comfortable, familiar, and engaging
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