Roberts Hall, named for first president, opens this fall


Scheduled to open in August, a new residence hall will be named in honor of John Taylor Roberts, the University’s first president. Roberts Hall is located between Warren and Cravens residence halls on the south side of Hanna Avenue.

The new dormitory is aimed at upperclassmen, with stylish décor and large lobbies and common areas. The hall’s single and double rooms, with private sinks and semiprivate baths, will accommodate about 170 students with space for expansion. The hall includes a first-floor fitness center and sunroom-lounges on each floor.

“We’ve learned from the enthusiastic response to East Hall,” says Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli, “that upperclassmen are very interested in privacy as well as usable common areas that build community among residents.”

East Hall, which students also contributed ideas for, opened in 2009. Roberts Hall was designed by Blackburn Architects with construction overseen by Wilhelm Construction.