he new Letters & Science building will be named after Irving and Dorothy Levy

A building that will play an integral role in educating generations of future University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates will now become reality, thanks to a generous gift from a family with a long history of UW–Madison support.

Irving and Dorothy Levy Hall is made possible with a lead $20 million gift commitment from their sons Jeff Levy ‘72 and Marv Levy ‘68, JD ’71.

The new College of Letters & Science academic building will create a unified home for the Department of History and nine other L&S academic departments, programs and centers that currently are spread across eight facilities on campus. It will provide 1,800 seats in 19 state-of-the-art classrooms, replacing the aging Humanities Building’s classrooms, in part.

“We are proud to help make this building a reality. We hope it will be a central educational location for the undergraduate experience at UW–Madison,” says Marv Levy. “Our hope is that by honoring our family legacy of charitable giving with this gift, we can offer to future generations some of the opportunity that the UW has provided us.”

The gift and plans were announced at an event at Bascom Hall today. Construction will begin in 2023 and is expected to be completed in 2025.

The Levy brothers’ commitment was contingent upon the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor including the project in the 2021-23 state budget with $60 million in state support, which they did earlier this year. That will be complemented by $35 million in gifts, which includes $20 million from the Levys and additional $15 million to be raised from friends and alumni.

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