In the early 2000s, Lewis University commissioned Wight & Company to formulate a residential plan for a new dormitory complex. Six new buildings were planned to reflect the 1930s collegiate style of the existing campus architecture. The first two buildings, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa Residence Halls, were designed and constructed as mirror images of each other. Dorothy Day Hall was the third and most recent building to be constructed as part of the residential plan strategy.
Dorothy Day Hall is located on the far south end of campus. Housing 130 residents, this four story sectional living community is unique because it offers Living Learning Communities for students sharing common majors. The building features modern suite-style living. Amenities include study lounges, recreational space, as well as laundry and full-service kitchens on each floor. The Dorothy Day Hall lower level houses Conferencing and Events offices