Blow Memorial Hall, Constructed 1923-1925

Blow Memorial Hall was constructed between 1923 and 1925 following a gift to William & Mary from Mrs. Adele Matthiessen Blow in memory of her husband, Captain George Preston Blow, U.S. Navy. The building was referred to as Blow Gym at this time.

While Captain Blow did not attended William &Mary, his father, grandfather, and other family members were alumni, and his grandfather also served on the Board of Visitors. Dramatic growth of the student body during the 1920s and 1930s had made more and larger athletic facilities a necessity soon after the completion of the Blow Gym in 1925. Originally T-shaped, it was substantially enlarged by the addition of a south wing in 1940. Blow Gym remained the home of men’s basketball until William & Mary Hall hosted its first games in December 1970. From the 1970s until the opening of the Recreation Center, Blow Gym continued to serve as a much-needed recreation center for students, faculty and staff.

In 1991, Blow Gymnasium was renovated and converted from a physical education building into a complex for classrooms and offices and was rededicated as Blow Memorial Hall. Blow Hall is home to a number of offices and departments including the Roy R. Charles Center, Sharpe Community Scholars Program, and the Office of the Registrar. These offices moved to Blow after the School of Business moved to new quarters upon the opening of Alan B. Miller Hall in 2009.

Images

Blow Hall, 2008

Blow Hall, 2008

An image of Blow Hall as it faces Richmond Road in 2008. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Cornerstone laying of Blow, June 9, 1924

Cornerstone laying of Blow, June 9, 1924

Cornerstone laying of George Preston Blow Gym by the Masons, June 9, 1924. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Gymnasium, 1925

Blow Gymnasium, 1925

The exterior of Blow Gymnasium from Richmond Road in 1925. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Gym Basketball Court, undated

Blow Gym Basketball Court, undated

An undated image of the interior of the basketball court in Blow Gym. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Dance in Blow Gym, circa 1956

Dance in Blow Gym, circa 1956

A photo of a dance taking place in Blow Gym circa 1956. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Convocation, 1962

Convocation, 1962

Opening Convocation in Blow Gym in 1962. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Hall, October 1987

Blow Hall, October 1987

The front of Blow Hall in October of 1987. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Hall construction, circa 1991

Blow Hall construction, circa 1991

Construction, circa 1991, as the Blow Gymnasium is split in to two floors in its conversion into Blow Memorial Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Hall rear, circa 1995

Blow Hall rear, circa 1995

An image of Blow Hall with the "Graduate School of Business" sign. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blow Hall rear in snow, undated

Blow Hall rear in snow, undated

An undated image of the back of Blow Hall in the snow with the James Blair statue prominently featured. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Board of Visitors Room, undated

Board of Visitors Room, undated

An undated photograph of the Board of Visitors Room in Blow 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., “Blow Memorial Hall, Constructed 1923-1925,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/21.
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