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Pepperdine House in London Reopens After Renovation
The newly refurbished Pepperdine University London House will officially reopen Thursday, Oct. 30, at a special ceremony with President Andrew K. Benton and Charles F. Hall, dean of international programs.
At the event, Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, will be awarded an honorary doctorate by Kenneth W. Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law.
After months of renovation, Pepperdine's international program in London is ready to move back into the University's property in Knightsbridge. This marks the first renovation of the 123-year-old building since Pepperdine purchased it 20 years ago. The $5 million project refurbished infrastructure, electrics, plumbing, and heating, as well as redecorating the facility with new furniture.
"Several former London students were concerned, fearing the 'character and essence' of the house might be lost in renovation," says Seaver College dean Rick Marrs, who will attend the London event. "They even expressed a willingness to endure continued plumbing problems, less than ideal living quarters, and cramped eating facilities, simply to insure the 'London experience' would remain. However the renovation will accomplish both goals-updating and modernizing, while simultaneously maintaining the original essence and spirit of the facility."
Attending the reopening with Benton, Hall, and the fall semester students will be London program director Carolyn Vos Strache, Marrs, Starr, directors of Pepperdine's other international programs, London dignitaries, and supporters of the University.
The London House is used by students of both Seaver College and the School of Law. While the renovations took place, nearby Imperial College graciously permitted the School of Law to use its facilities, while Seaver students were housed in Oxford Hotel.
"It is in the London House that the students create community," continues Marrs. "They make deep friendships that will last a lifetime. This house embodies precious memories."