Dicke Hall was named in honor of James and Eileen Dicke of New Bremen, Ohio whose generous gift made the building possible. Mr. Dicke was chairman of the Crown Equipment Corporation of New Bremen, and he attended Ohio Northern briefly prior to serving in the Army Air Corps. during World War II.
Dicke Hall was built on the site of the former Warren G. Harding College of Law.
Until 1923, when the college of law was built, the block Immediately north of
By the mid 1980’s, this area had become run-down and shabby, and, as properties became available, the university purchased and demolished them. The last house was removed in 2001, leaving
In 1986, the
At this point, the university received the generous and timely gift of $4 million from James and Elleen Dicke. It was announced on
The construction of Dicke Hall ushers in major improvements to the front of campus. It marks the completion of a program begun in the 1980’s to remove numerous decrepit and aging buildings and to replace them with an architecturally striking facility. As part of the general landscaping, the last section of
The building’s general contractor was Thomas & Marker Construction Co. of Bellefontaine,