Toole Hall

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Building Name: F. J. Toole Hall

The front of Toole Hall, [after 1957]. UA PC 9 no. 40 (14).

Other Names: Toole Hall, Chemistry Building

Civic Address: 30 Dineen Dr.

Sod Turning: 27 October 1955

Cornerstone Laying: 16 May 1956 by then Lieutenant-Governor David MacLaren

Opened for Use: 1957

Official Opening: 15 May 1958

Architect: Marani & Morris (original building), Larson and Larson (extension)

Named for: Dr. Frank J. Toole, the Dean of Chemistry at the time of the building’s completion in the 1950s, serving at UNB for 35 years and became UNB's first vice-present (academic). (named May 14, 1973)

Renovations/changes/additions: A new extension was completed Winter 1970 which provided for more undergraduate laboratories and increased room for graduate and faculty research facilities. A fire and explosion on December 24, 1970 destroyed two laboratories and a lecture hall in the new extension of Toole Hall. A renovation over two floors which completely renewed undergraduate labs and several other areas of the chemistry building occurred between April and October of 2006. In early 2012 the auditorium in Toole Hall also received an update.

Notes: Toole Hall is home to the Department of Chemistry. On September 18, 2007 a new undergraduate lab was dedicated in honor of Dr. Zdenek Valenta, a nationally recognized organic chemist and former professor at UNB.

Named Spaces: Wiesner Reading Room (244), Professor Karel Wiesner was born in Prague and joined the UNB Chemistry Department in 1948 and distinguished himself as a researcher in the field of natural product chemistry.

Allan P. Stuart Study Centre (108), This room was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Allan Palmer Stuart professor of chemistry from 1946-1974.


  • Leroux, John. Building a University: The Architecture of UNB. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2010, p. 85.
  • UA Case 123; Section 3, Box 2; Toole Hall.
  • Alumni News. "Chemistry Building Named." Summer 1973, p. 3.
  • Janes, Judy. "Fire Caused by Faulty Heating." The Brunswickan, 105(13): 15 January 1971, p. 3.
  • UNB Scrapbooks (UA RG 100), July - September 1969.

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