From the unique hall mascot (an aardvark) to the hall crest, Battenfeld residents are proud of their individuality and long traditions. Battenfeld, home to about 50 men, opened in 1940 as KU's first men's scholarship hall and was updated in 2018.
The hall is a gift of Jesse R. Sr. and Margaret Battenfeld to honor their son, John Curry Battenfeld. He was a KU student who was killed in a car accident in December 1939. Margaret Battenfeld later married Dr. Edward Hashinger, a KU medical school faculty member, and Margaret Hashinger Hall on Daisy Hill is named in her honor.