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Step into Great Hall on the second floor of Bowne and you’ll think you have stepped into Hogwarts. That’s because this architectural treasure was modeled after Christ Church at Oxford–also the inspiration for the Harry Potter movie set.

Today S.W. Bowne is home to the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It is one of three buildings on campus named for Drew trustee S.W. Bowne.

History

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