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Goddard and Jones
Lydia I. Jones Residence Hall and Mary A.
Goddard Residence Hall
constructed: Jones built 1948. Goddard
Architect: R. S. Gerganoff
of Architecture: WPA Modern
Use: Residence hall for women.
of renovation: Goddard: February
1, 1964 the University Instructional Computing
Center opened in the basement. Jones: 1988
repaired the roof. October 10,1994 asbestos
Use: Both buildings are still used
as dormitories but also have additional facilities
housed in them.
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 -
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
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
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
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
of Goddard and Jones Residence Halls
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