O'Kane Hall was named for Rev. Michael O"Kane, S.J. (1849-1918) who served as Holy Cross's 11th President from 1889-1893. O'Kane was built as a wing of Fenwick. The first and second floors held classrooms, a museum, laboratories, rector’s office, and a large hall called Fenwick Hall (currently Fenwick Theater). The third floor of O’Kane held rooms for seniors, while the top floor held an open dormitory. The basement included a recreation room and gymnasium, complete with inside track. The total cost of construction was $182,000.
O'Kane was opened on April 25, 1895 and a dedicatory concert was given in the newly built gymnasium. O'Kane also served as the student library until Dinand Library opened in 1927.
“O'Kane Hall,” Mapping Holy Cross, accessed March 3, 2021, http://hcdigitalscholarship.com/MappingHolyCross/items/show/5.