Also known as Great Hall, the Samuel W. Bowne Hall houses the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and the departments of English, philosophy, humanities and Women’s Studies. Because of its magnificent center space, modeled after the hall of Christ Church at Oxford University, it hosts many university events. It is one of three buildings named for trustee S.W. Bowne.


Trustee S.W. Bowne left a provision in his will to provide for a new dining hall styled after the one in Christ Church Hall, Oxford, England. Building 1912-13, Great Hall is the principal campus example of the Collegiate Gothic style popular in American colleges in the post-Victorian period.

This structure, designed by Milton See and Son, is made of gray New Hampshire granite walls, trimmed with lighter stone and topped with a roof of dull red Imperial Spanish tile.

Originally, the first floor included dormitory rooms, now used as offices, and the floor above was primarily a dining hall, now used for meetings.

Departments in S.W. Bowne