As one of the oldest institutions for higher learning in the Western Reserve, Lake Erie College is proud of its long heritage. From its start as a female seminary to a coeducational institution of today offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to individuals of all ages, the College has been a leader in higher education for 160 years. The colorful history of Morley Music Building is only hinted at by its classic Greek design and Bedford limestone construction. From the names of the composers carved on the stones of its exterior walls to the many famous musicians who have played on its stage, Morley is surrounded in a rich history that parallels the sense of tradition at Lake Erie College. In April of 1978, this tradition served all the people of Ohio when the Ohio Supreme Court held its sessions in the Morley Music Building. College Hall was the first building of Lake Erie College and this Italianate building is on the National Register of Historic Places. As well as housing the education department, classrooms and administrative offices, this symbol of Lake Erie College still maintains many facets of its historical significance. Garfield Center construction began on June 6, 1950. Named in honor of Mr. James R. Garfield (son of President James A. Garfield) who had been president of the Lake Erie College Board of Trustees for over forty years, the building was originally used for the nursery school, Garfield Senior College, adult education, College offices and as a location for special events. The College reacquired the building in 2008, and it is currently home to classrooms, faculty offices and the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.