Constructed in 1924, Howard was a trailblazer building for Notre Dame: the first building to use Gothic architecture, the first residence hall built in coordination with the location of other halls (cornerstone of the South Quad trio of Howard, Lyons, and Morrissey) and the first building named for a lay professor, Timothy Edward Howard (future Indiana Supreme Court Justice).

In 1987, Howard was officially made a women's residence hall, and after a few years of mascots such as “green algae,” the “duck” became this halls proud figure.   Howard's quaint double arches are well known around campus, and as you will find on other South Quad buildings, stone carvings include animals, students, and a saint. Howard Hall's signature events include Totter for Water, the Chapel Crawl, and Howard Hall-iday.