Towers Hall

Towers Hall at Otterbein

Towers Hall at Otterbein

Fire claimed the Main Building at Otterbein in 1870. Out of the ashes arose the center piece of the campus, Towers Hall, also on the National Register of Historic Places.

After the fire, Dayton sought to persuade the institution to move its operations to their town, but the citizens of Westerville raised funds to build Towers Hall and keep Otterbein University in the community.

The third floor of the building was home to the literary societies, founded beginning in the early 1850s and continuing until the 1930s.

These elaborate rooms hosted debates, recitations, and even scenes from dramatic plays.