PROJECTS by TYPE: EDUCATION: • COLLEGES + UNIVERSITIES: White Hall at Cornell University
White Hall, an Italian Renaissance style stone building, was the third academic building constructed on the Cornell University campus. Completed in 1869, it is located within Cornell's Arts Quadrangle Historic District. It was originally designed as three separate, side-by-side structures--two dormitories flanking a central classroom section, with no common circulation.
The transformation of White Hall changed the building's plan by reorganizing the circulation parallel to the long axis of the building and the axis of the Arts Quad. A new four-story atrium celebrates vertical circulation and unifies the building.
The exterior of the building was restored, but the interior of the building is completely new with finishes and materials that are sympathetic to the original design. White Hall is now a coherent academic building that connects emphatically to the Arts Quad and evokes a sense of its past.
For additional images of White Hall, refer to Projects by Concept: Transformation.