Washington Hall, Constructed 1928

Washington Hall is an academic building located along the south side of the Sunken Garden between Ewell Hall and McGlothlin-Street Hall. It is named in honor of George Washington, who received his surveyor's license from the university in 1749 and served as William & Mary’s first American Chancellor from 1788-1799.

Washington Hall, which currently houses the Modern Languages Department, was constructed in 1928 as part of a larger developmental plan that involved greater overall expansion. As such it is a ‘companion’ to the then Rogers Hall (present-day Tyler Hall), which stands directly opposite across the Sunken Garden. Construction cost was $200,000, and Washington Hall originally included a biology lab on the first floor and liberal-arts classrooms on the second and third floors. In addition to large lecture halls (for 100-280 students) on each floor, the building also housed the offices of the deans and registrar. Charles M. Robinson designed the building and J. W. Davis of Newport News was awarded the contract. Construction was completed in time for spring classes in 1929.

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Washington Hall, 2009

Washington Hall, 2009

A close-up photo of Washington Hall without its sign in December 2009. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Students leaving Washington Hall, circa 1950

Students leaving Washington Hall, circa 1950

Students leaving Washington Hall in the 1950s. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Washington Hall, undated

Washington Hall, undated

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

Washington Hall rear, circa 1962

Washington Hall rear, circa 1962

The back of Washington Hall circa 1962 | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Lecture hall in Washington Hall, undated

Lecture hall in Washington Hall, undated

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

Photograph of a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, undated

Photograph of a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, undated

An undated photograph of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington in the White House in 1797. Washington received his surveyor's license from William & Mary in 1749, and served as the first American Chancellor from 1788 to 1799. | 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., “Washington Hall, Constructed 1928,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/5.
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