Ryerson University to close O’Keefe house

One of Ryerson University’s longest-serving student residences will be closing its doors to students in the upcoming school year.

The university announced on Monday that O’Keefe House, located at 137 Bond St., will no longer be housing students or student staff rooms starting on 2018-2019. The university said the building will shift to non-residential use to address its significant needs.

“O'Keefe House has served as a Ryerson residence building for decades, providing a home and community for many of our students and alumni. However, as they look to the future, they have realized that O'Keefe House is no longer a viable and sustainable building to operate as a residence,” said alumni relations officer Erin MacDonald in an email.

The three-floor house, originally built around 1875, became a Ryerson residence in 1963. According to the residence’s website, it currently houses 33 students.

The closure comes as the university is set to add a new student residence. The HOEM building, which will be located at 186 Jarvis St., will join the two other student residences – Pitman Hall and the International Living Learning Centre.

The university is asking O’Keefe house alumni to pay tribute to the building and provide input on the changes to the building to support its new use.

“While we are grateful for the number of years the building has served the Ryerson residence community, it is now time that it serves the community in a different manner,” said MacDonald.