Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


St. Mary's Hall

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Institution Name: Saint Joseph's University
Original/Historic Place Name: Dunroven
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1915original construction Trumbauer, Horace
Designer: Horace Trumbauer
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1915private residence

St. Mary's Hall, originally known as "Dunroven," was built in 1915 for Edward M. Story. It replaced an earlier Victorian mansion, "Bloomfield," designed by Hazelhurst & Huckel for industrialist Cyrus Chambers Jr. in 1886. Bloomfield was demolished to make way for Dunroven, though the original Hazelhurst & Huckel designed carriage house remains on the campus of St. Joseph's University. The structure is named Claver House and is the home of the university's honors program. Horace Trumbauer, who designed St. Mary's Hall, was one of the most successful architects of the Gilded Age.


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Donnelly, Eleanor C. A Memoir of Father Felix Joseph Barbelin, S. J. Philadelphia, PA: Frank A. Fasy, 1866.

Kathrens, Michael C. American Splendor, The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer. New York: Acanthus Press, 2002.

Noll, Ray Robert. "A History of St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, Pa. Before the Civil War." Manuscript. Archives, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia Catholic Standard and Times. [n.d.].

Public Ledger. [n.d.].

Talbot, Francis X. Jesuit Education in Philadelphia: St. Joseph's College. 1851-1926. Philadelphia, PA: Saint Joseph's University Press, 1927.

Thomas, George E. William L. Price Arts and Crafts to Modern Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.


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