Brown Hall, Constructed 1930

Brown Hall is a co-ed freshman dormitory located at the corner of Prince George Street and North Boundary Street. The current structure was built in 1930 to replace the original Brown Hall, which is now known as the Prince George House.

Brown Hall was named in honor of Mrs. Jane Brown and Cornelia Brown, members of a prominent Methodist family in Virginia. The new Brown Hall was built in 1930 with funds left by Mrs. Edward Brown of Lynchburg under the supervision of trustees for the Board of Home Missions of the Women's Missionary Society of the Virginia Methodist Conference. The building originally served as housing for Methodist female students at William & Mary but eventually opened up to the entire female student body. The designer was Charles M. Robinson, the university architect, and the contractor was J.W. Davis.

Brown Hall was purchased by William & Mary in 1939. At various points throughout its history, Brown Hall also has been an all-male dormitory, housing for Army Specialized Training cadets, and rented space for service men and families living in Williamsburg. In recent years, archeological digs around Brown Hall have unearthed evidence of a building that may have been the Bray School, a school for African Americans in Williamsburg in the 1700s.

Images

Brown Hall, 2015

Brown Hall, 2015

A 2015 image of Brown Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Brown Hall, 1949

Brown Hall, 1949

A side view of Brown Hall facing the southeast in 1949. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Brown Hall aerial, 1951

Brown Hall aerial, 1951

An aerial shot of Brown Hall facing southeast in 1951. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Brown Hall. circa 1985

Brown Hall. circa 1985

Brown Hall around 1985. | 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., “Brown Hall, Constructed 1930,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/57.
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