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Devereux Hall was built in 1929 as a dormitory for the growing college. After a catastrophic fire in 1930 destroyed most of the other college buildings, Devereux was immediately expanded to its present size to house the displaced population. The building was designed by noted Buffalo architect Chester Oakley, in a highly decorated brick style based upon Florentine architecture. The design incorporates a variety of unique terra cotta icons representing historical figures and the branches of education. Together with the surrounding buildings also designed by Oakley, the dormitory creates a unique environment that is a tangible link to the Italy of St. Francis and St. Bonaventure. A plaque in the building identifies the room once occupied by noted theologian and author Thomas Merton. The name of the building commemorates Nicholas Devereux, whose gift of land and other support led to the founding of St. Bonaventure College in 1858.