Abbot Hall, 1938
The I-shaped plan of Abbot Hall was designed as part of a four-dorm
complex for male students, including its partner Mason Hall as
well as Synder-Phillips residences. Shared common areas including
the kitchen and bakery were originally built to link Abbot to Mason
Hall. However, in 1958 renovations to basement corridors were completed
to allow residents to walk from one hall to the next. Created as
the residential complement to the female dormitories in the West
Circle Complex, Abbot Hall is similarly Collegiate Gothic in style.
The building, named after Theophilus C. Abbot, the third president
of the University, features an arched entrance bearing an inscription
in old English lettering, semi-hexagonal limestone multistory bay
windows, and limestone trim.