The Ogden Hall wall is one popular Miami legend that can be safely laid to
rest. It arose from a stipulation allegedly made in a bequest to the
University by wealthy Cincinnatian Laura Ogden. Her will directed that the
bequest be used to construct a mens' dormitory in memory of her brother, and
it supposedly also demanded that a wall be constructed around the new
structure to keep it private.
After Ogden Hall was built, it was rumored that
the University had in fact built the wall, only beneath the ground. In
reality, the so-called Ogden Wall is only the foundation of the old Miami
gymnasium. The gymnasium, which no longer stands, had originally occupied the
site of Ogden Hall, but it had to be moved to a new location to accommodate
another stipulation of Laura Ogden's bequest.