June 23, 2024

Renovated and Ready: Virginia Hall Welcomes New Students

A 14-month renovation of Virginia Hall has left Mary Washington’s second oldest residence hall – constructed in three phases beginning in 1914 – ready to welcome first-year students. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

A 14-month renovation of Virginia Hall has left Mary Washington’s second oldest residence hall – constructed in three phases beginning in 1914 – ready to welcome first-year students. Photo by Tom Rothenberg.

For Terrie Gladney Hoelscher ’78, Virginia Hall meant Friday night singalongs at the parlor piano, cramming into the second-floor phone booth and gliding down stairs on a mattress.

“She has good bones, and so much character,” Hoelscher said of the building she and generations of undergrads have called home for more than a century. “My lifelong and closest friendships were made and developed there.”

No doubt, a new era of University of Mary Washington students will find their own brand of mattress-gliding within these walls. A $19 million renovation completed this summer (think paint, polish and preservation) left the building awash in newfangled-ness: soothing central AC, all-keyless entry, a luxurious lounge. But the makeover took care to keep classic touches – big sunny windows, extra-wide stairwells, elegant transoms – intact.

“Everything is old but now it’s new,” said Addie Sage, a sophomore psychology major who’ll live in the 168-bed building as one of several resident assistants providing support to first-year students assigned there. Read more.