Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has announced a $24 million gift from the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation for the renovation of historic Wilson Hall.
The gift will fund efforts to preserve the exterior of the 1891 undergraduate academic building while renovating its interior from the ground up, creating seven new classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology and adding additional social spaces and two fully accessible building entryways. The gift also will be used to create an endowment to help underwrite maintenance of the building. In recognition of the gift, the building will be renamed Friedman Hall, while a professorship in George Francis Wilson's name will be established to honor Wilson's original 1887 bequest.
The family of alumni Richard Friedman ('79) and Susan Pilch Friedman ('77) has supported Brown University for thirty years, including gifts in support of the Friedman Study Center and Friedman Auditorium in the Metcalf Research Building. The auditorium will be renamed the Susan Pilch Friedman and Todd David Pilch Auditorium to honor the legacy of Susan Friedman's brother, a Brown alumnus ('83) who died at the age of 37.
"With the medical school's impact, new graduate programs, and growth into the Jewelry District, Brown has seen incredible expansion in both its academic programs and in the footprint of its campus," said Richard Friedman. "Yet the university's strategic focus has stayed true to what is the core of Brown's distinctiveness — the undergraduate experience. Reimagining this centrally located, in-demand academic building will enhance undergraduate education even further."