Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Trinity Hall

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Institution Name: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Original/Historic Place Name: Trinity Hall
Location on Campus: 660 S. Main St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1837original construction Hale, Benjamin
1876modernization Unknown
1964remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: none specified
Roof: EPDM (white)
1837-1964residence hall
1964-present (2007)classrooms
1964-present (2007)faculty offices

Significance: architecture, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterGeneva Hall and Trinity Hall (1973)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Hobart President Benjamin Hale was the architect of Trinity Hall, and Trinity Corporation of the Episcopalian Church the major contributor (about $7,000). It was built as a replica of Geneva Hall and, with the exception of a library on the third floor, was originally designed as a dormitory. In 1876 it was refitted and supplied with modern conveniences--gas, steam, etc.--and it was remodeled in 1964 for use as faculty offices and classrooms.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Campus Master Plan. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.

Causey, Beverley E., Jr. Geneva Hall and Trinity Hall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1973.

Schuyler, Montgomery. "The Architecture of American Colleges: IX. Union, Hamilton, Hobart, Cornell and Syracuse." Architectural Record 30 (December 1911): 549-73.

Smith, Warren Hunting. Hobart and William Smith: The History of Two Colleges. Geneva, NY: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1972.

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

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