Hansee Hall

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Hansee (Blaine) in the snow.

Hansee Hall is a building and student dormitory in Seattle, belonging to the University of Washington. Hansee Hall is the oldest residence hall at the University, and was constructed in the 1930s. It took its name in 1961, being named after Martha Lois Hansee.[1] Miss Hansee was a professor of Greek language and literature who taught at the University from 1881 to 1884 and again from 1895 to 1903. Its internal divisions consist of a narrow corridor attached to four different "Houses", Blaine, Austin, McKee and Leary. In 1936, all of these took their name from prominent Washingtonian women from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. During the Second World War, Hansee Hall was used by the U.S. military. The building imitates the red brick style of certain Ivy League schools, and otherwise has a mixture of Tudor and Collegiate Gothic architecture.[2] The building is located off N.E. 45th Street in the north campus, just a short walk from nearby McCarty Hall. It is used as a residence hall to house undergraduates at the University, and mandates 24-hour quiet hours.[3] It was once a women-only dorm, but is now unisex.

Hansee Hall has its own residence hall council called the Kingdom of Hansee in conjunction with the nearby and much smaller 2104 House. The hall council hosts an annual haunted house, as well as a semi-formal ball open to all residence hall students at the University.[4]


  1. ^ "All 'Bout The Buildings". The Daily of the University of Washington. October 12, 2000. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ http://students.washington.edu/hansee/history.htm
  3. ^ http://students.washington.edu/hansee/faq.htm
  4. ^ Klein, Annie (May 15, 1998). "Hansee Hall Ball Celebrates 25th Anniversary". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 47°39′39″N 122°18′23″W / 47.66073°N 122.306258°W / 47.66073; -122.306258