Opened: Fall 1966
Cost: $1.4 million
Herrig Hall opened in the fall of 1966 as part of the southeast quadrangle of residence halls. Herrig, along with Woldt, Emmons, and Saxe Halls, were all constructed during a period of campus expansion that included four new quads in a fifteen year period. Herrig Hall was designed by architects from Roger Allen and Associates in Grand Rapids. The $1.4 million building, designed to house 344 students in 86 suites, used the suite plan from Tate Hall (this floor plan was used in all dormitory buildings until the construction of the towers complex in the late 1960s).
Herrig and Saxe Halls opened for occupancy in the fall of 1966, although crews were still working on finishing the construction and furnishings for the building. Indeed, dressers, mirrors, lounge chairs, and other finishing touches had yet to be installed when the first students moved in. Both Herrig Hall and Saxe Hall were dedicated in a joint ceremony on December 10, 1967. The ceremony also featured a celebration of the University's 75th anniversary. As part of the ceremony, University president Judson Foust presented the 75th Alumni Anniversary Award to architect Roger Allen for his service to the school. Like Woldt and Emmons, Saxe and Herrig Halls shared a common lobby area and were served by the Woldt food commons.
The hall was named for Anna B. Herrig, an assistant professor of Psychology and Education from 1921 to 1938. Herrig was born in Saginaw on October 27, 1966. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School. In 1891, she became the first recipient in the United States of the new certificate to teach at Normal Schools, the old name for teacher education centers. She studied at Columbia, Harvard, Clark, and the University of Chicago. She spent time as the principal of training schools in South Dakota and Nebraska, taught in New Paltz, New York for twelve years, and came to Central Michigan to teach in the Department of Psychology and Education in 1921. In addition to her teaching, she started a World Acquaintance Tour, a Negro Acquaintance Tour, a Sherwood Eddy Conference, a YWCA Mercier Breakfast, and an annual Christmas party at the Mount Pleasant Indian School. She died on August 11, 1938.