Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


South Hall

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Institution Name: Wilson College
Original/Historic Place Name: South Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1899original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: Pine Grove Buff brick
Roof: slate
1899-present (2007)residence hall (women)

Significance: architecture, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterWilson College (1995)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

From National Register report (1995):
Built in 1899, South Hall is a three and a half story brown brick building constructed in the Colonial revival style. Built as a dormitory and used as a language house (French House), it is formal in appearance, seven bays wide with a central entrance and broad front porch supported by paired ionic columns. Windows have single-pane sash beneath cast stone headers with prominent keystones. The central bays at the second and third stories are semi-hexagonal projections. The building has a hipped roof covered with slate. There are gabled dormers. The central one is large, containing a three-part window topped with a scroll pediment with finial. The building has a stone foundation, with stone construction extending up to the level of the first story window sills. South Hall faces west across a wide landscaped lawn from Norland and Edgar Halls.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Longacre, Judith. The History of Wilson College, 1868-1970. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1997.

Pharetra, [n.d.]. Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.

Reed, Paula S. Wilson College. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1995.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices

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