Cary Quadrangle History

Cary Quadrangle exists in part to the contributions of the Cary family. Franklin Masten Cary was born in 1858. He came to Lafayette and eventually became president of the Chicago Refrigerator Car Line Co., and the Bar-B Wire and Iron Works as well. Franklin Masten Cary and Jessie Levering Cary had one son, Franklin Levering Cary. Their son died in 1912 at the age of 18, just before he was to attend his freshman year at Purdue University. In memory of their son the Cary family donated $50,000 in 1927 to build “Franklin Levering Cary Hall”. This building is now known as Cary East.

As the university grew and the need for housing grew the Cary family donated $50,000 to build Cary Northeast. Franklin Masten Cary died in 1936, but his generosity continued, as his will provided Cary with a third gift of $50,000 which was used for construction of both Northwest and West Units. Purdue University has since added the South building and this complex is now known as Cary Quadrangle. Cary Quadrangle is the largest residence hall on the Purdue campus and one of the largest halls in the country.

  • Cary East Hall was opened in the September 1928
  • Cary Northeast Hall was opened in February 1931
  • Cary Northwest and West Halls were opened in September 1938
  • Cary South Hall was opened in September 1939

Cary Quadrangle was renovated starting in the summer of 2000 with completion in the summer of 2006. The renovation included upgraded electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation and telecommunication utilities in the living and community spaces in each of the Cary Quadrangle buildings. East, Northeast, West and Northwest buildings had all student rooms converted into air conditioned suites, which included adding bathrooms between every two rooms. The total cost for the Cary renovation was $53.6 million.