Small Hall, Constructed 1962-1963

Small Hall is located on Ukrop Way between the Earl Gregg Swem Library and Jones Hall. William & Mary broke ground for the 778,000-square-foot building in August 1962. The building is named for William Small, a professor of Natural Philosophy and mentor to Thomas Jefferson while a student. The building was completed in December 1963 and has been in use since February 1964. Small Hall is currently the home of the Department of Physics and the Physics Library.

A twelve-foot observatory dome housing a ten-inch reflecting telescope was built on the roof in 1975. The observatory was named the Thomas Harriot Observatory after the first astronomer in Virginia who accompanied Raleigh's expedition from 1585 to 1586. A 6,800 square-foot, two-story addition was added to Small Hall between March and November 1985, containing ten faculty offices and a two-story library.

A project to install a large, high field NMR magnet was completed in 2005 and is one of the largest in the state. From 2008-2011, a large renovation project took place that installed solar panels on the roof, created more lab space, and added a Faraday cage to shield against external electromagnetic radiation.

Images

Small Hall, 2015

Small Hall, 2015

A 2015 shot of the exterior of Small Hall with the 1985 addition prominently displayed. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Small Hall under construction, circa 1962

Small Hall under construction, circa 1962

An image of the construction of Small Hall circa 1962. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Small Lecture Hall, undated

Small Lecture Hall, undated

An undated image of a lecture hall located in Small Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Small Hall, circa 1964

Small Hall, circa 1964

A photograph of Small Hall circa 1964. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Small Hall, 1999

Small Hall, 1999

An exterior image of Small Hall in 1999. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Physics Laser Lab, undated

Physics Laser Lab, undated

An undated image from the Physics Laser Lab inside Small Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Small Hall, circa 2009

Small Hall, circa 2009

A present-day image of Small Hall | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

William Small, undated

William Small, undated

A photograph of a sketch of William Small, professor at William & Mary from 1758 to 1764, who taught Thomas Jefferson while he was a student here from 1760-1762. | 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., “Small Hall, Constructed 1962-1963,” TribeTrek, accessed June 26, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/30.
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