Antioch Hall, North and South Halls

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Antioch Hall, North And South Halls
Antioch Hall, Antioch College.jpg
Rear of Antioch Hall
Antioch Hall, North and South Halls is located in Ohio
Antioch Hall, North and South Halls
Antioch Hall, North and South Halls is located in the United States
Antioch Hall, North and South Halls
LocationHyde Rd., Antioch College campus, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Coordinates39°47′59″N 83°53′17″W / 39.79972°N 83.88806°W / 39.79972; -83.88806Coordinates: 39°47′59″N 83°53′17″W / 39.79972°N 83.88806°W / 39.79972; -83.88806
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built byAlpheus M. Merrifield
ArchitectBoyden & Ball[2]
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
NRHP reference No.75001411[1]
Added to NRHPJune 30, 1975

Antioch Hall, North and South Halls are a group of historic buildings on the campus of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States. They were the college's three original buildings,[3] and were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Greene County, Ohio in 1975.[1]


Antioch Hall[edit]

Antioch Hall was constructed in the 1852–53 timeframe by architect Alpheus Marshall Merrifield.[4] It combines elements of Romanesque, Greek Revival and Gothic architectural styles, the latter being most noticeable in its towers.[4]

It underwent a massive renovation from 1958 to 1962.[4] This included the inset of a concrete structure inside the original building which stabilized it and insulated its interior against weather and degradation.[4] The renovation also created four floors, instead of the previous three, and relocated its entrance from the east side to the west side.[4]

Antioch Hall was closed along with the College in June 2008; however, while the College reopened, Antioch Hall did not.[4] Lack of heating led to plumbing failures and flooding in February of 2009.[4] Some restoration has been done, the largest from a $500,000 directed grant from Yellow Springs Community Foundation in 2019, intended to tackle projects of immediate need such as reintroducing heating.[4] But considerable additional funding is needed to bring the building back online, with estimates ranging from $7.5 million to $20 million.[4]

North Hall[edit]

North Hall is an operational residence hall.[5] Its first residents were the entering class of 1853.[5] In 2011 it underwent a $5.7 million renovation effort to combine both comfortable and sustainable living, and reopened in 2012.[5] The renovation project achieved a LEED energy-efficiency Gold Level Certification on July 26, 2013,[6] and was the oldest building in the country to obtain such a rating, taking the title from the U.S. Treasury Building.[7] The project included solar panels on the building’s roof, and twenty-five 600'-deep geothermal wells for heating and cooling.[7]

South Hall[edit]

South Hall was also shuttered in 2008, and experienced flooding after the closure.[4] However, alumni and villagers helped push an environmental cleanup effort to dry it out.[4] It reopened after some exterior renovations in January of 2010.[3] It is the location of college offices,[5] as well as Herndon Gallery, which is used for exhibitions and academic conferences.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Elbridge Boyden". Light 4 April 1891: 102
  3. ^ a b "College staff in South Hall; work on buildings progresses". Lauren Heaton, Yellow Springs News, January 7, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "A new vision for Antioch Hall". Audry Hackett, Yellow Springs News, November 14, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Residence Halls". Antioch College. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "North Hall Renovation". U.S. Green Building Council. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Mix of big dreams, hard realities". Diane Chiddister, Yellow Springs News, June 28, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Works Biennial 2019 Opens With Party". Jennifer Wenker, Antioch College, October 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2020.