The Morris Inn, a fixture on the University of Notre Dame’s campus since 1952, reopened to the public on September 1 after a months-long renovation. Owned and operated by the University, the Inn was built thanks to a donation from Notre Dame alumnus Ernest M. Morris and his wife, Ella. In 2012, Morris’ daughter provided funding for a major renovation and expansion of the Inn. In total, the project cost more than $30 million. While the construction was somewhat inconvenient and definitely an eyesore for students, the end result is certainly worth it.
Beginning in October of 2012, the project involved expanding the total square footage of the building from 72,000 to 137,500 and increasing the number of guest rooms from 92 to 150. As a result of the renovation, the Inn is now much more than a place to spend the night; a 300-seat ballroom and adjacent pre-function space were also added, not to mention 30,000 square feet of meeting space combined with the Notre Dame Conference Center. Sorin’s restaurant remains the Inn’s historic place to eat, while Rohr’s serves casual pub food with the option of dining on the new Fireside Terrace. New staff was hired to accommodate these major changes and the Inn currently has 120 employees.
The Inn’s aesthetics are drastically different as well. The exterior is Gothic-style in order to blend seamlessly with the architecture of other campus buildings. The interior is classic, features custom millwork, and includes the University’s signature gold and navy colors. The Inn features a number of sustainable features and practices and it is currently seeking LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The new Morris Inn has been “completely reimagined to better serve our guests, while still preserving the spirit and tradition of the original hotel and supporting the academic mission of the University,” according to Director and General Manager Joe Kurth.
The Morris Inn is located directly on campus at 130 Notre Dame Avenue. It is open to visitors of the university, the general public, business professionals, and those looking for a unique and beautiful space to host an event.
For more information, see the Morris Inn's website or call:
Reservations: 800 280-7256
Direct Line: 574 631-2000