This building is named for Richard L. Conolly, an admiral and former president of Long Island University, who died in the American Airlines Flight 1 plane crash in 1962. The dormitory rises 16 stories and is the oldest residence hall on this fairly recently campus.
Recently, I came across this building in the January 1960 issue of Architectural Forum. It was featured as an example of Reynolds Aluminum’s building materials, specifically the econo-wall system of window modules and enamel finishes.
The architects were S. J Kessler & Sons, noted for their affordable apartment complexes. They designed on a larger scale so this dormitory, which abuts both larger public housing and the lower rise LIU campus, bridges the transition nicely. The front of the building, pictured in the advertisement is no longer visible due to campus development.