Newest residence hall named for longtime supporters

Yards away from where Belmont’s last ribbon cutting took place at Dickens Hall, the university revealed the name of its newest residence building, Horrell Hall, on Thursday morning.

The hall initially called Magnolia Hall was named after the Horrell family, long-time university supporters.

Henry Horrell, the founder of the commercial real estate Horrell Company, served on the Board of Trustees for 13 years and chaired the Board from 1970-77. Kathleen, Henry’s wife, funded and inspired Belmont’s trademark Rose Garden in front of Heron Hall. Their son Steve, a Belmont alumni, currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

“The Horrells have demonstrated their commitment to Belmont in countless ways through a friendship that has lasted more than 50 years,” Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said in a statement. “In naming this new residence hall in their honor, we will remind future generations of their incredible kindness and generous spirit as well as the sustaining contributions they have made to Belmont University.”

The building is part of an upperclassman residence expansion that started with the adjacent sophomore-only Dickens Hall, which opened in it’s doors to 290 students in August. The hybrid apartment-style residence hall will house 190 students in the fall.

Currently, only transfer students and former residents of three now-demolished Bruin Hills apartment buildings live in the hall.

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