James Blair Hall

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James Blair Hall, formerly named Marshall-Wythe Hall, is located on the west end of the Sunken Garden, on James Blair Drive. Construction was contracted to T.A. Loving for $175,250 with a Public Works Administration grant. Built between 1934-1935, it was intended to house the Marshall-Wythe School of Government and Citizenship. The first floor was designed to hold administrative offices (for the President, Deans, Bursar, Business Manager, registrar and treasurer; also a large business office, conference room, two file rooms, rest rooms, record room, and two reception rooms). The second floor had 8 classrooms and 7 offices for faculty members, with similar plans for the third floor. The Administrative Offices moved into the building on July 1, 1935. The interior woodwork is American Walnut.

In 1936, the second and third floors were occupied by the departments of Economics, Government, History, Sociology, and the School of Jurisprudence. A dedication ceremony for the building was held in April 1937. In 1943, the Navy Chaplain's School was located on the second floor. In 1959, a new phone system was installed for the campus and the equipment for the system was kept in the basement of the building. In 1962 the President's and Admissions offices moved to Ewell Hall.

In 1968, the building was renamed James Blair Hall. It now houses the Philosophy and History departments.


  • University Archives Buildings File (2007). James Blair Hall. Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.