Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


South Hall

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Institution Name: Antioch College
Original/Historic Place Name: South Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1852-1854original design Merrifield, A. M.
Designer: A. M. Merrifield
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: tin
1854-1965residence hall (men's)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (computer lab)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (art gallery)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms

Along with Antioch Hall and North Hall, South Hall is one of the three original buildings of Antioch. South Hall was built as a men's dormitory, a role it performed until it was closed in 1965. During World War II it housed the Antioch ASTP unit and thus served essentially as a barracks for the 1942-1943 academic year. After it ceased housing students, South was largely abandoned, though some rooms were used as art studios. South underwent a massive renovation beginning in 1989, however, and in 1994 it reopened as an academic building.


Alexander, W. B. "The Architectural Ancestry of Antioch Hall." Antioch Alumni Bulletin (February 1938): 3-9.

Building A Campus: One Hundred Years of Architecture at Antioch College. Pamphlet. Dayton, OH: printed for Dayton Art Institute Exhibition, April 1954.

Ingram, Valerie. Antioch Hall, North and South Halls [Antioch College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1975.

Johannesen, Eric. Ohio College Architecture Before 1870. [Columbus, OH?]: Ohio Historical Society, 1969.

Straker, Robert L. "The Master Builder From Massachusetts." In Horace Mann and Others: Chapters from the History of Antioch College. Yellow Springs, OH: Antioch Press, 1963.


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