Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Xavier Hall

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Institution Name: Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Original/Historic Place Name: Woldbrook Hall
Location on Campus: 278 Whites Bridge Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1925original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: field stone (exterior); poured concrete (interior)
Walls: wood (frame); hard coat stucco (exterior, facing); plaster (interior)
Roof: flat-tab clay tile shingle (rustic style, with texture of hand-split wood shake); copper (flashing, cap, rain gutters, and downspouts)
1925-1956private residence
1956-1970residence hall (senior women)
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration (president, academic affairs, institutional advancement, mission integration and sponsorship, human resources, finance and administration, treasurer, conference room, reception lounge)

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Xavier Hall, once known as the Verrill family home, was built in 1925. It is situated such that it overlooks Lake Sebago with a direct view of Mt. Washington, 60 miles away in New Hampshire. It is surrounded by green lawn and fronted with a stonewall enclosing beautiful flower gardens.

When Saint Joseph's College first moved to Standish, this building served as a residence hall for the senior women. As the operations of the College increased, the building was gradually given over to the President and other senior officers for their use.

Xavier Hall is one of the few remaining pre-World War II estate houses on Lake Sebago. Its grand styles, location on a 330-acre parcel of land, and extensive use of native stone is representative of Lake Sebago region estates of the period from about 1880 until 1930.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Ferland, Durwood. Fortitudo et Spes: The Courage and Hope to Move a College. Greenville, ME: Moosehead Communications, 1999.

Higgins, Mary Raymond. For Love of Mercy: Missioned in Maine and Andros Island, Bahamas. Portland, ME: Sisters of Mercy, 1995.

II. Location of other data:
University: Facilities Management Office

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