Constructed in 1922, Grace Vallé January Hall housed the School of Law from the mid-1920s until the 1970s and hadn’t seen many updates throughout the years. Since the 1970s, January Hall has been the home of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (formerly University College), the professional and continuing education division at Washington University.
Isabel Vallé January, wife of Robert S. Bookings, named January Hall after her mother, Grace. In 1919, Isabel inherited the family fortune when her mother died, and she gifted the building to Washington University as a memorial to her.
When January Hall reopened in the fall of 2018 after renovations, the interior included a redesigned dean’s suite, pooled classroom, and updated offices. It now houses the Dean’s Office, Summer School and advising appointments for the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.
“This renovation, along with the acquisition of other new office space, reflects a commitment to the mission of continuing education and coincides with the expanding outreach of University College and the development of exciting new academic programs,” said Mark Rollins, former dean of University College (now the School of Continuing & Professional Studies).