The building was constructed on the site of the Morris House on Jamestown Road near the Campus Center. The undergraduate admission office was previously housed in Blow Memorial Hall on Richmond Road. Plans to relocate the admission office had been under way for several years. The renovation project began in the summer of 2006 and were completed in June 2007.
The project cost $2.8 million. The renovated 17,000-square-foot building serves as the new starting point for the thousands of high-school students and their families who visit and tour the Williamsburg campus each year. The new building is set up in three zones: an entrance and session area, a staging and office area, and a downstairs which features interview rooms and a mail room. The lobby features a larger waiting area, brass fixtures, hardwood floors, and large restrooms. The session room, where visitors receive an orientation to the College, is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, all controlled at the speaker’s podium. It can sit 300 people, 100 more than the room that was used in Blow Hall. It also has two sets of double doors for easier access, and those doors open directly into an outdoor tour-guide staging area that faces the Historic Campus of the College. The admission office welcomes more 25,000 people to William and Mary each year. Student tour guides conduct more than 1,000 tours every year.
- 1977 Colonial Echo, p. 15.
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