Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


James E. Rhoads Hall

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Institution Name: Bryn Mawr College
Original/Historic Place Name: James E. Rhoads Hall
Location on Campus: 210 N. Merion Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1937-1938original construction Thomas & Martin
Designer: Thomas & Martin
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival (Glossary)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: schist
Walls: schist, limestone
Roof: slate
1938-presentdining hall
1938-presentresidence hall

Rhoads Hall is in overall very excellent condition, and retains the vast majority of its character-defining features.

Rhoads Hall is significant as a contributing element of the ensemble of Academic Gothic buildings on the Bryn Mawr campus. As the last dormitory in that style to be built on campus, it represents the typical meeting in the period of historicism and modernism. The latter is particularly expressed in the original furnishings designed for the building, which were among the first projects of Marcel Breuer in the United States.


Andropogon Associates, and Emily Cooperman. Bryn Mawr College Campus Heritage Initiative, Funded by the J. Paul Getty Initiative. Report. Philadelphia: PA: Andropogon Associates, Ltd., 2004.

Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. New York: Knopf, 1984.

Webb, Leslie A. Bryn Mawr College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1984.


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