Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Andrews Hall

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Institution Name: Eastern University
Original/Historic Place Name: Garage and Stable of the Charles S. Walton Estate
Location on Campus: Center of Campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1914original construction Boyd, D. Knickerbacker
Designer: D. Knickerbacker Boyd
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Mission/Mission revival, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: unknown
Walls: rough stone
Roof: tile
ca. 1914other (garage and stable of Charles S. Walton estate)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms (including chemistry laboratories)

Andrews Hall, known as the garage and stable was a 94' x 15' structure built with fifteen rooms apportioned between two and one half stories. Rough stone walls with heavy mortar comprise the essential construction motif. The sturdy tile roof with over-hanging eaves repeat the rhythm of the earlier buildings on the estate. The top interior level of the tower housed a huge cypress tank for water pumped from the boat lake by the overshot wheel and stored here at the highest elevation of the estate where it flowed by gravity to the fountains and flowers of the big house. Hillside construction made possible entrance to the building on two levels. The lower access came through a thirty by forty foot low-walled courtyard which stood before the three garage doors. The main floor above could be reached by an interior stairway as well as outside concrete steps. The central section and space over the garages contained a large apartment occupied by the Walton's chauffeur and his family. Equine creatures and their paraphernalia took up the rest of this level reached from the outside by the upper drive and stable yard. The thirty-four foot by twenty-six foot carriage room was flanked on one side by a harness room and twin horse stalls. The partial third story contained two bedrooms for servants and extensive storage space.

Andrews Hall is significant to both Eastern University's science and business alumni as it has historically housed these departmental and faculty offices, classrooms and laboratories. The architecture preserves the Spanish Mission theme of the Walton Estate also known as Walmarthon.


Baird, John. Great House. St. Davids, PA: Eastern College, 1984.


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