Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


McIlvaine Memorial Hall

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Institution Name: Washington and Jefferson College
Original/Historic Place Name: formerly the classroom building of the Washington Female Seminary
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1897original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: sandstone
Walls: brick (exterior); plaster (interior)
Roof: slate
ca. 1897-1980auditorium (first floor theater)
ca. 1897-1980other (laboratories)
ca. 1897-1980classrooms
ca. 1897-1980academic department building (biology)
ca. 1980-present (2007)academic department building (sociology and philosophy)
ca. 1980-present (2007)other (multi-purpose building)

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

Formerly part of Washington Seminary, a distinguished girls' school, this building dates to 1897. In 1940, W&J acquired McIlvaine through a bequest of Judge John A. McIlvaine, class of 1865, the former President of the board of trustees. Immediately, the building was prepared for use as a much needed Biology Department Building. Until the construction of Dieter-Porter Life Science Building in 1980, it provided classroom space, labs, and contained a first floor auditorium.

Among the interesting exterior features of McIlvaine is the portico, modeled after that at Mt. Vernon. Now a multi-purpose building, McIlvaine is the headquarters for the Sociology and Philosophy Departments, as well as the site of some classes for various English courses.

See also the entry for the John Leighton Stewart Tower and Stephen Collins Foster Carillon

I. Bibliographic sources:

"The Archives: The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta." Online (2006). Washington College, Washington, PA.

Coleman, Helen Turnbull Waite. Banners in the Wilderness. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1956.

Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates. Washington & Jefferson College: Campus plan 2001. [Belmont, MA: Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates], 2001.

Donnelly, J. B. Venerable W & J at 200. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, 1980.

LaQuarta, Jack. Washington & Jefferson College Landscape Master Plan. Pittsburgh, PA: [s.n.], 1983.

W & J: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Washington & Jefferson College. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College.

W & J Walker Volunteer Manual. Handbook. [Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, n.d.].

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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