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North Hall

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1894 north wing, Pierce and Dockstader; 1908 south wing, Pierce and Bickford; 1994–1996 renovations and additions, William G. Eckles
  • North Hall (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

North Hall is an E-plan six-story brick building with red terra-cotta and rock-faced Hummelstown brownstone trim by an Elmira firm. The south wing occupies the site of an 1874 building and is a mirror image of the Romanesque Revival north wing. Two-story porches (now glass-enclosed) run the length of the two wings and the walls are decorated with terra-cotta medallions. North Hall's present entrance at the building's south end, which echoes the central pavilion's original entrance, is an arched design, in the manner of Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel of 1451 in Florence. Historically, North Hall served primarily as a women's dormitory (as suggested by the medallions). In the 1990s the university rehabilitated the building as its library, retaining most of its original architectural features, including the central atrium.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "North Hall", [Mansfield, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 560-560.

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