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Rose-Hulman Acquiring Extensive Hulman Property Across Wabash Avenue from Campus

Thursday, August 24, 2017

In keeping with its long association with the Anton “Tony” and Mary Fendrich Hulman family, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology today announced an agreement to acquire more than 1,100 acres of Hulman land just south of the campus.

“This is a game-changer for Rose-Hulman,” President Jim Conwell said. “It increases the size of the institute’s property more than sixfold, offering the opportunity for Rose-Hulman to imagine new possibilities to enhance and support existing educational opportunities for our students and develop new ones that will keep us at the forefront of science, engineering and mathematics education for decades to come.”

The land transaction comes on the 100th anniversary of the Hulman family’s 1917 donation of a 123-acre farm tract to Rose Polytechnic Institute, as the school was then known; the institute remains on the site today. A subsequent transfer of the assets of the Hulman Foundation to the institute in 1971 resulted in Rose Polytechnic’s emergence as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The additional property being purchased, former home to Tony and Mary’s daughter Mari Hulman George, is just across Wabash Avenue from the college campus, and stretches south to Indiana State Road 42. It includes a large residence as well as a historic family lodge, a number of outbuildings, and acres of farmland and forested terrain.

“I am pleased that this property will remain in good hands,” said Anton “Tony” George, Mari Hulman George’s son and a member of the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees. “This expansion of Rose-Hulman’s footprint ushers in a new era of possibilities for the institute, building on a tradition of excellence as it focuses on enriching experienced-based, cross-cutting learning to prepare future generations of problem-solvers.”