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Creation Date

6-6-2007

Building Name

Old Dorm

Description

Gettysburg College Pennsylvania Hall. Pennsylvania Hall is not only significant architecturally but historically, as it was the first building of Gettysburg College. Old Dorm was first occupied for the November term in 1837 and quickly became the center of all campus activities.
The architectural style of Pennsylvania Hall, or Old Dorm as it is familiarly called, is American Greek Revival. The "College Edifice" as it was originally titled, remained the focal point of college affairs until 1890. In 1898, that Old Dorm was formally renamed Pennsylvania Hall in the official college catalogue.
Now, as a completely remodeled administrative and historical complex, Pennsylvania Hall continues to be a symbol of a well-respected, private liberal arts college as well as the oldest Lutheran college structure in America. Constructed in 1838, it is the college's oldest building. During the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, Pennsylvania Hall was used as a hospital for wounded troops of the Union and Confederate Armies. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, #72001087

Latitude, Longitude

39.834443, -77.233929

Keywords

Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor,Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; College Campuses; College buildings; Architecture; Historic buildings; Gettysburg College; Pennsylvania Hall; Adams County

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