Named for the son of Sebastian S. Kresge, owner of department and variety store business. The youngerKresge had graduated from Albion College in 1923. The catalog stated that “construction of this splendid building will be pushed this summer  and the gymnasium will be ready for occupancy the second semester.” The structure was dedicated November 7, 1925, when it was still not quite completed, the Recorder reports. The cornerstone had been laid the previous June 16 by the man who had made the new building possible. Sebastian S. Kresge began his giving to the college at the start of the third decade of the twentieth century. By December, 1923, he, or members of his family, had contributed $215,000 to the college. These were the beginnings of a great deal of Kresge philanthropy on behalf of Albion. In 1938 a pool in the basement of the Kresge gymnasium was completed. Gildart, 211
Source: Gildart, Robert. Albion College, 1835-1960, A History. Chicago: Donnelley Lakeside Press, 1961.
Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991. p 11.
View towards the Quadrangle from the Kresge Gymnasium porch.
View of Kresge Gymnasium from the north-west corner of the Quadrangle.
Stanley S. Kresge Gymnasium under construction in 1925.
Preliminary sketch of the proposed Kresge Gymnasium.
Stanley S. Kresge initiates the swimming pool in 1938.
Source: Isaac Kremer, January 2004.
From the Albion College Archives
S.S. Kresge Named for Stanley Kresge, who graduated from Albion in 1923 and was the son of Sebastian S. Kresge, a former Trustee and the entrepreneur who built thousands of dime stores all across the United States, later known as K-Marts.
The gym at one time housed the swimming pool in the basement, but that space has now been converted into a very impressive dance studio. The gymnasium itself is used for intramural basketball and volleyball games, which allows the Lomas Fieldhouse to be available for general recreational use of the entire campus community.
“Alumni, Family and Friends Celebrate Kresge’s 75th Birthday.” (2001, Jan. 22). Albion College News. Retrieved 10 June 2003, http://www.albion.edu/ac_news/archives/kresge75.asp.
Ewing, Amanda. (1997, Feb. 28). “The evolution of Albion…College Life: 1950.” Pleiad. Retrieved 10 June 2003, http://www.albion.edu/pleiad/1997/02_28/features_5.asp.
Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]