Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Geneva Hall

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Institution Name: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Original/Historic Place Name: Geneva Hall
Location on Campus: 648 South Main St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1821-1822original construction Judd, Levi Huddleston, John
Designer: Levi Judd; John Huddleston
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Greek revival, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Roof: metal
ca. 1822other (offices)
ca. 1822chapel
ca. 1822library
1882-present (2006)residence hall

The building was named to honor the citizens of Geneva, who were largely responsible for financing its construction. It originally housed the chapel, library, student rooms, and offices and is the oldest standing academic building in Western New York. It was remodeled in 1969 and replastered and repainted in 1981.


Campus Master Plan. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.

Causey, Beverley E., Jr. Geneva Hall and Trinity Hall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1973.

Schuyler, Montgomery. "The Architecture of American Colleges: IX. Union, Hamilton, Hobart, Cornell and Syracuse." Architectural Record 30 (December 1911): 549-73.

Smith, Warren Hunting. Hobart and William Smith: The History of Two Colleges. Geneva, NY: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1972.


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