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Goddard and Jones Residence Halls

Goddard Hall
Jones Hall

Goddard Hall (Portico)

Jones Hall

Historic Names: Lydia I. Jones Residence Hall and Mary A. Goddard Residence Hall

Date constructed: Jones built 1948. Goddard built 1955

Architect: R. S. Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Style of Architecture: WPA Modern

Original Use: Residence hall for women.

Dates of renovation: Goddard: February 1, 1964 the University Instructional Computing Center opened in the basement. Jones: 1988 repaired the roof. October 10,1994 asbestos removed

Current Use: Both buildings are still used as dormitories but also have additional facilities housed in them.

History: The school was expanding. More and more students attended college following World War II and the university needed more housing. At the same time, funding remained as tight as ever. A slight increase in rent would cover the building of new housing. Both buildings were built as part the college’s self-liquidating campaign and intended to be paid for and sustained by the revenue from dorm room rental. Combined with King and Goodison, Goddard and Jones accommodated 1,200 women, enough to make the new payment program viable. The new buildings would be named for Mary A. Goddard, professor of botany from 1900-39 and for Lydia I. Jones, Dean of Women, 1878-1958.

Jones Hall - Interior
Jones Hall - Interior

Jones Hall - Bedroom

Jones Hall - Study

Goddard and Jones were designed on he same plans as King and Goodison. Once again, two dormitories formed a square around an enclosed central courtyard. The

Dinner at the Jones Hall

Dinner at the Jones Hall
interiors were slightly different, however. Gerganoff, the architectural team, based room designs in part on the preferences shown by students who viewed sample plans of dorm rooms on display the winter before. Each suite of rooms held four students and included a private bath for each unit. Wood paneling decorated hall.

On February 1, 1964, the University opened the Instructional Computing Center in Goddard Hall. By 1980, it also contained classrooms for Industrial Education. Goddard and Jones both made honors dorms in the 1980s, honors students comprising about half of the total residents of the two buildings.

In March of 1988, a fire in Jones caused about $10,000 of damage. A student, a resident advisor in another building, was charged with arson and later convicted. He was sentenced to 1.5-10 years in prison. The Jones fire was one of several that broke out in dorms around the same time.

Location - Goddard and Jones Residence Halls


Location of Goddard and Jones Residence Halls (Click on the image for a bigger view)