Elliott and Stoddard Halls

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Elliott and Stoddard Halls
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Elliott Hall
Former names North and South Dorms
General information
Type Dormitory building
Architectural style Federal[1]
Location 101 Irvin Drive Oxford, OH 45056, 201 Irvin Drive Oxford, OH 45056
Coordinates 39°30′31.29″N 84°44′6.93″W / 39.5086917°N 84.7352583°W / 39.5086917; -84.7352583
Inaugurated 1825, 1836
Cost $7,000, $9,000
Technical details
Floor area 12,611, 12,711
Elliott and Stoddard Halls
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Stoddard Hall
Location Oxford, Ohio, United States
Built 1828, 1835
Architectural style Federal[1]
NRHP Reference # 73001391[1]
Added to NRHP 1973-04-03[1]

Elliott and Stoddard Halls are the two oldest remaining buildings on Miami University's Oxford Ohio campus today. Built in 1828 (Elliott) and 1835 (Stoddard), they were designed in the Federal style and modeled after Connecticut Hall at Yale University. They continue to be used as dormitory buildings, making them the two oldest college dormitories still in use in Ohio. They were the original dormitories on the campus and were built to house students who attended classes at Miami’s campus.[2] They have both been through a number of renovations, most recently in 2011.[3] The dorms are located in between the two academic quads located in the center of Miami's campus. They face another landmark on the campus, the Miami University seal. Over time they have become landmarks on the campus and are considered two of the most prestigious dorms to live in.[4][5] They are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently they are the two oldest dormitory buildings in use today in the state of Ohio. Today, they house students in the Scholar Leaders program.[2][6][7] The buildings are named for early Miami professors Charles Elliott and Orange Nash Stoddard.

Phi Delta Theta fraternity was founded in Elliott Hall in 1848. Phi Kappa Tau founders William H. Shideler and Clinton D. Boyd lived together in the same room in Elliott at the time of their fraternity's founding in 1906. Both buildings were rebuilt in 1937 with the assistance of the Public Works Administration.[8]

Elliott Hall[edit]

Room in Elliott Hall where Phi Delta Theta was founded in 1848

Originally known as North Dorm or "Old North," construction on Elliott Hall was completed in 1825. The dorm was originally used for student housing and its purpose has remained the same since its opening. The building was originally constructed for a total cost of $7,000. The dorm housed 35 men. Each resident was given survival tools upon their arrival to ensure their comfort and safety in the dorm. These tools included; a bed, chairs, table, cook utensils, an ax to cut wood for the fireplaces in each room, and a warm cap.[6]

The first renovations were started on the building in 1899. The first renovation was the addition of multiple new technologies for the time, which were supposed to make the dorm a more modern building. These renovations included the addition of a steam heater, electrical lights and modern bathrooms. These first set of renovations were mainly mechanical ones in order for the building to keep up with the changing times. The next renovation on the building took place in 1912. With this renovation the central hall of the building was removed and was later replaced by two-side halls, which virtually cut the hall into two sections. Both the corridors were named for professors at the school. The two professors who the two corridors are named for are R.B.C. Johnson and Charles Elliott. The next renovations came to the building in 1937. With these renovations the building took on all the same features and characteristics that it has today. To get ready to bring the building into the New Miami look many things were done. The interior of the building was completely redone. This caused the special layout of the space to become a much more unified building. On the exterior of the building all the bricks were sandblasted in order to make it fit in with the other buildings on Miami’s campus. Also a number of the original chimneys were removed.[6]

In 1848, the fraternity Phi Delta Theta was founded in room 202 of Elliott Hall. The two co-founders of the fraternity, Robert Morrison and John M. Wilson, were both roommates in this room when they decided to try and cultivate the fraternity. Today this room acts as a shrine to these two men. The room consists of two beds, a table, portraits of the men, and a stone plaque to help commemorate the founding of Phi Delta Theta. This room has seen little change since the founding of the fraternity.[6]

After the final set of renovations had been completed on the dorm it officially had its name changed from North Dorm to Elliott Hall in recognition of Charles Elliott who one of the corridors had been named after. Elliott was a professor at Miami University between 1849 and 1863. He was a professor of Logic and Greek Language and Literature. He received his education from a number of schools including; Lafayette College, Ohio University, Hanover College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He later died in 1892 at the age of 77.[6]

Stoddard Hall[edit]

Originally known as Southeast Building, construction was completed in 1836. This was the third building completed on Miami’s campus and was used as housing for junior and senior male students. The building was completed for a total cost of $9,000 and housed up to 29 students. For a short period of time the campus YMCA was housed in Stoddard Hall in 1869 and also housed classrooms while the main academic building, Old Main, was under renovations.[7]

In 1937 a large renovation project was started on “Old South” to try and bring the building into the New Miami era. The main objective of this renovation was to make “Old North” and “Old South” together and to make them fit with the rest of the architecture that was progressing on Miami’s campus. The entire interior space of the building was gutted, and the old fireplaces and stove openings had to be removed. The circulation patterns of the building were also rerouted to make traveling throughout the building more user friendly and simple.[7]

After the renovation had been completed Miami decided to rename the building Stoddard Hall in honor of Professor Orange Nash Stoddard. Stoddard was a professor at Miami University between 1845 and 1870. During this time period he taught natural Science and acted as President in 1854. He received his education from Union College and Monmouth.[clarification needed] Stoddard later died on February 10, 1892.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d National Park Service (2007-06-30). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Elliott Hall and Stoddard Hall". Lane Libraries. 5 October 2010. 
  3. ^ McKerjee, Natalie (28 September 2010). "MU to Renovate Stoddard, Elliott Halls". The Miami Student. p. 2. 
  4. ^ Alumni Association. "Elliott Hall" (MP3). Miami University Pod Tour. 
  5. ^ Alumni Association. "Stoddard Hall" (MP3). Miami University Pod Tour. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Old North's Lineage". Miami's Scholar Leader Community. 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Old South's Proud History". Miami's Scholar Leader Community. 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Stoddard Hall and Elliott Hall". Miami University Walking Tour. Miami University. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 

Coordinates: 39°30′32″N 84°44′07″W / 39.5088°N 84.7352°W / 39.5088; -84.7352