Dining Hall

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Dining Hall

Constructed: 1913

Opened: 1914

Fire: 1925

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The Dining Hall, which opened for the fall session of 1914, was located behind the Ewell and Taliaferro dormitories. In 1913, the state legislature asked for an appropriation of $14,700 for a new dining hall to accommodate 240 students with new kitchen equipment that cooked by steam. The College of William and Mary converted the previous dining hall and kitchen into dormitory rooms for 46 students, which cost around $5,000.

The Dining Hall that opened in 1914 was a large, one-story brick building that cost about $10,000 to construct. The main dining room of the dining facility was spacious and well-lit, with a seating capacity for approximately 250 people. There was a private dining room in the rear of the facility with a pantry and a commodious, well-equipped kitchen. The kitchen had a six-unit range, a food elevator, a tea and coffee urn, six or eight steam vegetable and meat cookers, as well as an improved dish washer. In the basement was a storeroom, a refrigerator, a bake room, and a bread mixing room with a power bread mixer.

There were a few dances held in the Dining Hall in 1920. A proposal for a new dining hall to be named Commonwealth Hall was included in the fundraising publication "The Romance and Renaissance of the College of William and Mary in Virginia" (1924). In 1925, the kitchen was damaged in a fire which destroyed the Penniman Building behind the dining hall. Governor Trinkle authorized the construction of a new dining hall after the fire (see Trinkle Hall. The Dining Hall has been incorporated into the Campus Center, and the present Marketplace serving area and the Atrium have replaced the old Dining Hall.



  • University Archives Buildings File (2007), Dining Hall, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.
  • "The Romance and Renaissance of the College of William and Mary in Virginia," Endowment Association, 1924, p. 23.

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