Barrett Hall, Constructed 1926-1927

Barrett Hall is a dormitory located at the eastern intersection of Jamestown Road and Landrum Drive. It was named for Kate Waller Barrett, an educator, humanitarian, sociologist, and member of the Board of Visitors, making it the first building on campus to be named for a woman. Barrett Hall was used as a women's dorm until the start of the 2005-2006 school year, when it was converted to a co-ed dorm.

Designed by Charles M. Robinson, the university’s architect, Barrett Hall was constructed between 1926 and 1927. The women's dorm was to be called Kate Waller Barrett Hall. Barrett Hall consistently had a housemother.

Barrett Hall consistently had a housemother. In addition to students, it housed the J. Lesslie Hall Literary Society in the 1920s and a library run by the Y.W.C.A. in the 1930s. In 1945, the university opened a Chinese Room in Barrett Hall following a donation by Alice Aberdein of a large number of Chinese art and furnishings valued at over $40,000. The university claimed the room contained the finest collection of Chinese art and furnishings in the southern United States. It became common for students in search of good luck to toss pennies at the feet of a gold-leafed Buddha statue featured in the room.

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Barrett Hall, 2015

Barrett Hall, 2015

The exterior of Barrett Hall in 2015. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall under construction, 1927

Barrett Hall under construction, 1927

A sepia image of Barrett Hall under construction in 1927. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall, circa 1936

Barrett Hall, circa 1936

An image of Barrett Hall, circa 1936. | Source: University Archives Subject File Collection, UA 9. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall, undated

Barrett Hall, undated

An undated image of Barrett Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall, circa 1950

Barrett Hall, circa 1950

A photo of the exterior of Barrett Hall, circa 1950s. | Source: University Archives Subject File Collection, UA 9. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall interior, circa 1950

Barrett Hall interior, circa 1950

A photo of the interior of Barrett Hall, featuring a portrait of Kate Waller Barrett, circa 1950s. | Source: University Archives Subject File Collection, UA 9. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall, circa 1962

Barrett Hall, circa 1962

A photograph of Barrett Hall from around 1962. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Barrett Hall, undated

Barrett Hall, undated

An undated image of Barrett Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Photograph of a portrait of Kate Waller Barrett, undated

Photograph of a portrait of Kate Waller Barrett, undated

Photograph of a portrait of Virginian Kate Waller Barrett, educator, humanitarian, member of the Board of Visitors, and namesake of Barrett Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

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Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary., “Barrett Hall, Constructed 1926-1927,” TribeTrek, accessed June 23, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/16.
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