The building we know today as Gulick Hall was called the “Southwest Hall” when it opened in October of 1956. According to the front page story in the 1956 IWU Bulletin, it was also home to “The Sarepta Bane Whipp Department of Home Economics,” located on the ground floor of the West wing, at the time of opening. The last official account of a benefactor group called the Women’s University Guild was the transfer of funds in 1955 in the amount of $2000 (which they previously designated for a women’s dorm fund) and the placement of a plaque commemorating their founding members in Southwest Hall.
The building was renamed for Anna Gulick in 1964 when the University received her bequest. Then President Bertholf said of her gift, “the major part will be added to our permanent endowment funds where the income will serve to bolster up our current budget and upgrade the quality of the University for centuries to come….”.
There was an earlier Gulick Hall—a house located at 1314 Fell Avenue—which the University sold to Alpha Omicron Pi.
Photo from July 1942 IWU Bulletin (p. 9)