Josephine B. Lenfestey Hall

Josephine Lenfestey Hall opened in 1985 and is recently remodeled, offering fully-furnished rooms with a private bathroom and shower, vanity area and sink, in a room shared by two students. Josephine Lenfestey Hall is located in the community of Byron Walter, Arlene Walter, and Ted Lenfestey Halls and near campus academic buildings, the Community Center, Kress Center, the Mauthe Center and housing parking lot.

Mailing Address

Resident's Name
Resident's Campus Box Number
3348 Lenfestey Court
Green Bay, WI 54311
Josephine B. Lenfestey Hall At a Glance:  
Number of Units 30
Residents 60
Coed Yes
Private Bedrooms No
Private Bathrooms Yes
Vacation Housing Yes
Summer Housing No
Dining Required Yes
ADA Accessible No
Elevator No
Smoke Free Yes
Alcohol Permitted No
Furnishing per student
  • Extra-long twin bed
    (may be jr. lofted or bunked)
  • Dresser
  • Desk with hutch,
    lamp, and chair
  • Closet
  • High-speed internet jack
Furnishings per room
  • Vanity area with sink
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Wi-Fi throughout housing
  • Blinds or drapes
  • Electronic card plus PIN secured
  • Carpeted rooms


About Josephine Lenfestey

Josephine Buchanan Lenfestey was a life-long resident of Northeast Wisconsin whose leadership and philanthropy extended her influence and caring throughout and beyond Wisconsin. She was born on February 21, 1908, in Appleton, Wisconsin, and was educated in Appleton Public Schools, graduating as the valedictorian of her high school class. She attended college at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, earning her Baccalaureate in 1931, with a major in history and minor in drama, and at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where she did post-graduate work in the field of speech re-education.

Following professional work as a speech re-education teacher at Horace Mann High School in Gary, Indiana, she returned to Wisconsin and in 1937 married businessman Frederick J. (Ted) Lenfestey of De Pere. Their 48 years of married life focused on family and an array of community activities locally, and later in Delray Beach, Florida, where they wintered.

Mrs. Lenfestey's interest in civic causes, the performing arts, gardening and historic preservation are reflected in the service activities to which she has devoted her life. Mrs. Lenfestey was president of the area League of Women Voters and a member of the state LWV Board of Directors. She served on the boards of the De Pere and State historical societies and worked with other community leaders to assemble the area's historically important buildings in the setting that became Heritage Hill State Park. Childhood lessons in elocution set the stage for a lifelong interest in drama. She pursued this with college productions, play readings, service on the Community Theater Board, costume shows, play reviews and philanthropic support of the arts. She was well known for her work with the Garden Club des Peres and the gardens she designed at her homes in De Pere and on the bay shore, and at Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Mrs. Lenfestey was well-known at UW-Green Bay as a member of the Founders Association and donor to the University's first capital campaign. In 1978, Mrs. Lenfesty received the honor of the Chancellor's Award at May commencement. Both she and her husband are each recognized with a residence hall bearing their names. Mrs. Lenfesty also has dressing rooms of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts also named in her honor, as well as the auditorium of the community playhouse in Delray Beach, Florida. Josephine Lenfestey died on June 26, 2003. Shortly before her death, Lenfestey visited campus for a dinner in her honor marking the dedication of the Lenfestey Family Courtyard, another namesake of the two.