List of Providence College buildings

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The following is a list of the buildings on the campus of Providence College located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Academic and administrative buildings[edit]

  • Bishop Harkins Hall - Named for Bishop Matthew Harkins, the man responsible for the school's founding, Harkins is the school's original property and signature building (an image of one of its stained glass windows is used as the college's logo). Built in 1917 and annexed in 1929, the building houses the college's administrative offices, the Education department as well as classroom space on the third and fourth floors, a small chapel, the Blackfriars Theatre (the former main theater for the school, built in the school's original gymnatorium) and several other offices. The building faces the main entrance at Cunningham Square.
Martin Hall
  • Saint Martin Hall - Designed by Thomas Tefft and built in 1850 as the George M. Bradley House, the building was purchased by the college in 1926. It was expanded to include a large dorm to its rear, and the entire building was dedicated as Guzman Hall, named for Saint Dominic de Guzmán, founder of the Dominican Order. It housed pre-ecclesiastical students for most of its life as a dorm. In 1962, a new Guzman Hall was opened next to Dominic House, and the building was restored to its original configuration, making room for neighboring McDermott Hall. It was renamed at that time for Saint Martin de Porres. Until 1994 it was the home of the College President. Currently it serves as the Office of Institutional Advancement.
  • Slavin Center - The school's student union, which includes the school bookstore, McPhail's Entertainment Center, a large meeting hall (Class of '64 Hall), the studios of WDOM, 91.3FM, the school's radio station, the offices for the Board of Programmers, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA), Friars Club, Veritas, the Cowl, Student Congress and other various student organizations. It was named for the former college President, the Rev. Robert J. Slavin, O.P. '28, and is connected to Alumni Hall and the Concannon Center.
  • Albertus Magnus Hall, Hickey Hall, and Sowa Hall - the science complex, located at the southwest corner of campus. Its three component buildings are:
    • Albertus Magnus Hall was opened in 1948 and houses the main science classrooms;
    • Hickey Hall was opened in 1962 and houses smaller advanced laboratory space and is named for Rev. Edward J. Hickey, O.P., a former science professor;
    • Sowa Hall was opened in 1989 to link the two buildings; it is named for its benefactor, Ferdinand B. Sowa '48, a local lawyer, Sowa mostly houses the science department offices.
  • Moore Hall - The building was opened in 1947 as Antoninus Hall, and was home of the business department and several classrooms and labs. In 1988, it was remodeled and expanded to include three large lecture halls and several classrooms, all for use by the Development of Western Civilization Program. The remodeling was funded by the estate of Cornelius C. Moore, a Newport lawyer, and was named in his honor. Upon the completion of the Ruane Center for the Humanities, the Development of Western Civilization Program was moved out of Moore Hall.
  • Accinno Hall - The school's main computer science building opened in 1992 and was named for benefactor John Accinno '46. It located on the west side of Huxley Avenue in a renovated former construction garage, originally part of the Good Shepherd property.
  • The Feinstein Academic Center - Along with Saint Joseph's Hall, Saint Dominic Hall and what is now Accinno Hall, it is one of the buildings acquired from the Good Shepherd convent property in 1955. Originally named Stephen Hall for the Rev. Terrence Stephen McDermott, O.P., the Dominican Provincial from 1930–55, it was used as dormitories until 1993, when it was renovated and expanded. Reopened in the fall of 1994 and named for Alan Shawn Feinstein, the building now houses classrooms, offices and a small reception hall, and is located between Saint Joseph's and Aquinas Halls near the center of campus.
Phillips Memorial Library
  • Phillips Memorial Library - The school's primary library, it was opened in 1969, and has over 3,000,000 volumes. The Providence College Archives and Special Collections department is located in the Lower Level. The building is located along Eaton Street, between the science buildings and the residential quad, and was named by benefactor Mary (Phillips) Pritchard to honor her family.
  • Saint Dominic Chapel - The school's main chapel, dedicated in 2001, and also the home of the school's Campus Ministry and Pastoral Service Organization. The site of the chapel is the former site of the War Memorial Grotto of Our Lady of the Rosary, a large grotto which was built in 1948 as a site for worship and a memorial to the seventy-nine alumni who died in World War II. It served for many years as the site of commencement exercises and ROTC commissionings, but was closed to make way for the chapel. There is a smaller grotto on the side of the chapel which was built with some of the materials from the original.
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Hall - Formerly used for music department classrooms and performance space, now serves as the office building for the theology and philosophy departments; includes a library, chapel, and classroom space; formerly part of the Chapin Hospital property.
  • Howley Hall - Originally the central building of the Chapin Hospital property, Howley Hall (named for Rev. Francis A. Howley, O.P., an original faculty member) now houses offices for the Black Studies and Health Policy & Management programs, as well as the Political Science, Social Work, and Sociology departments. There is also an anthropology workshop and a political science data center in the building. Since 2004, Howley has been located at the high point of the new Lower Campus quad.
  • Service Building - An annex to the rear of Howley Hall, the building now hosts part of the art and art history departments.
  • Hunt-Cavanaugh Hall - Located behind the Service Building, Hunt-Cavanaugh Hall hosts galleries and other portions of the art and art history departments. It is named for Rev. Lawrence M. Hunt, O.P., an art history professor involved in the development of the department, and John Cavanaugh, '35, a renowned liturgical artist and designer.
  • Koffler Hall - Part of the Chapin property and originally a mirrored twin of Siena Hall (prior to that building's expansion), the building houses the departments of Accountancy, Finance, Management, and Marketing, as well as seminar rooms and a computer laboratory. It is named for Sol Koffler, a benefactor and member of the President's Council.
  • Sullivan Hall - Part of the Chapin property, Sullivan Hall is the home of the Departments of Modern Languages and Economics, and also includes an office for the publication INTI, seminar rooms, and a foreign language resource center. It was the last of the Chapin properties to be renovated; originally as a dormitory (then known as Bedford Hall), and in 1994 as office space. It is named for benefactor Francis Sullivan '67.
  • Ceramics Building - The easternmost of the Chapin buildings, the Ceramics Building is part of the art department, and also formerly included a dance studio.
  • Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Home of the music and theater programs, the building also houses a theater and two recital halls. It opened in 2004, and was named for former school president Rev. Philip A. Smith O.P., and located at the southeastern corner of campus, on the former site of tennis courts and a former parking lot. The building is the anchor of the new Lower Campus quad.
Ruane Center for the Humanities
  • Ruane Center for the Humanities - Home of the History and English departments, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Center for the Study of Humanities, this building serves as the instructional home of PC's signature Development of Western Civilization program and houses multiple lecture halls and small seminar rooms. PC's newest building, it opened in 2013, and was named for PC's former Board of Trustees Chairman Michael A. Ruane and his wife Elizabeth. It his located on the College’s main campus between the Phillips Memorial Library and the Albertus Magnus-Sowa-Hickey science complex. It is connected to Phillips Library by an enclosed walkway.[1]
  • Ryan Center for Business Studies - ... the new home of the Providence College School of Business, opened January 2017.

Residential halls and apartments[edit]

There are eight traditional dormitories on campus:

  • Aquinas Hall - Named for Saint Thomas Aquinas, and opened in 1939, Aquinas is the oldest remaining residential dormitory on campus. The building houses a large study hall and, formerly, the campus's main chapel and cafeteria. The building is the centerpiece of the residential quad, and is now co-ed (after being a female-only dorm since 1971, the first year women were admitted). The chapel was recently remodeled into the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.
  • McDermott Hall and Meagher Hall- These two twinned dormitories are located west of Aquinas Hall on either side of the residential quad, and were built in 1965. Meagher (pronounced "Marr") is the northern of the two dorms, and was named for the Rev. James Raymond Meagher, O.P., Dominican provincial from 1913–1930, one of the key people in the founding of the college, and is now an all-female dorm after being male for many years. McDermott is the southern of the two dorms, located on the site of the original Guzman Hall (see below), and was named for the Rev. Terrence Stephen McDermott, O.P., Meagher's successor as provincial, and is an all-male dorm.
  • McVinney Hall - Located to the north of Meagher Hall, the ten-story McVinney Hall opened in 1970 and sits atop Smith Hill, affording residents of the highest views in the city of Providence. The dormitory is named for Rev. Russell McVinney, the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Providence and bishop at the time of the building's completion. It is an all-female dormitory.
  • Saint Joseph Hall - Along with its neighbor, the Feinstein Academic Center, this building was originally a part of the Good Shepherd property before reopening in 1955 as a dormitory. This all-male dormitory, long the home of the men's basketball team and, formerly, WDOM, is also home of the Department of Theology and the Office of Residence Life.
  • Raymond Hall - Home to the school's cafeteria and, since 1997, the school's post office, Raymond Hall opened in 1959. Above the cafeteria is an all-female dormitory. The building, named for Saint Raymond, is located near the center of campus, with the Huxley Gate facing its eastern corner.
  • Guzman Hall - This all-male dormitory, located just west of Huxley Avenue was opened in 1962, and contains a small chapel. It replaced its namesake dormitory (likewise named for Saint Dominic de Guzmán, but also usually colloquially pronounced gʌz-mæn), the first dormitory on campus, and like its predecessor originally housed pre-ecclesiastical students.
  • Fennell Hall - Formerly the nurse's dormitory of the Chapin Hospital, Fennell is a male dormitory with mostly single and split-double occupancy rooms. It was named for Rev. Charles V.F. Fennell, O.P., '28, a former bursar and vice president of finance for the college. It is the easternmost dormitory on campus, and is part of the Lower Campus quad, which is located on the site of a former parking lot.

There are three apartment buildings on the Upper Campus, all of which are six-person units (divided into two three-person bedrooms), and all of which were completed in 1988 near the corner of Huxley Avenue and Eaton Street on the Upper Campus side. Their completion was partially funded with money from the men's basketball team's 1987 Final Four appearance:

  • Cunningham Hall was named in 1994 for Rev. John C. Cunningham, O.P., '50, upon his stepping down as tenth President of the college.
  • DiTraglia Hall was named in 1990 for Frank DiTraglia, M.D., J.D., '40, a major benefactor of the college.
  • Mal Brown Hall was named in 1992 for Malcolm Hollis "Mal" Brown, '33, a former athletic trainer who died in 1939 during a typhoid outbreak.

There are three apartment buildings on the Lower Campus along Huxley Avenue, both finished in 1994 with four-person units divided into two two-person bedrooms.

  • Suites Hall - completed in 2004 along with the Smith Center, is a hybrid of the apartment and dormitory setup. Like the apartments, dormitory rooms share common living areas in groups; however, they do not have full kitchens. It is part of the new Lower Campus quad.
  • Davis Hall was named for benefactor William Davis, '52, and has a small chapel dedicated to Saint Martin de Porres in the basement.
  • Bedford Hall was named for former benefactor and trustee Howard Bedford. The Student Health Center is located in the basement, as well as the Personal Counseling Center, in the original location of McPhail's night club (then called Stuart's). (This is the second building on campus named for Bedford; his name previously graced Sullivan Hall while it was a dormitory.)

Athletic facilities[edit]

Interior of Alumni Hall
  • Alumni Hall - Dedicated to alumni who served in World War II, Alumni Hall opened in 1955 and is the school's main on-campus gymnasium, seating 2,620. It is home to the athletic department and Hall of Fame, as well as the Friars women's basketball and volleyball teams. There is a large cafeteria in the basement, accessible from the Slavin Center lower level.
  • Concannon Fitness Center - Opened in the fall of 2007, the $15 million fitness center is over 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2). It also contains a new lobby containing a unified entrance to the three main campus hubs: Slavin Center, Peterson Recreation Center, and Alumni Hall. It is named in honor of benefactor William F. Concannon, '77.
  • Peterson Recreation Center - includes a field house with an indoor track, indoor basketball courts, indoor tennis courts, raquetball courts, and the school's swimming pool, Taylor Natatorium, home of the Providence Friars Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams. It is named for the Very Rev. Thomas R. Peterson, O.P., College President when the center opened in 1981.
  • Schneider Arena - Named for Rev. Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the hockey program, the 3,030-seat arena is home to the men's and women's hockey teams. It is the northernmost building on campus, located at the corner of Huxley Avenue and Admiral Street.
  • Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium - the 2,500-seat stadium is home to the men's and women's soccer teams and the men's lacrosse team. The field is named after Mike Chapey for his donation of $1mil dollars, and stadium is named after Karl Anderson for his donation of $1.5mil It directly boarders Schneider Arena and Huxley Avenue.
  • Ray Tracey Track & Field Complex - the complex is the home of the schools national champion Track & Field and Cross Country teams. It is named after Ray Tracey, the school's Cross Country and Track & Field coach, who trained many national champions and olympians. The complex is on the previous site of Hendricken Field .
  • Providence College Practice Basketball Facility - ... this will be the home of the Providence College men's basketball program and is set to open in 2018

In addition, the school has numerous outdoor facilities, including:

  • Glay Field - the softball field, at the corner of Huxley and Eaton, on the Lower Campus. (formerly the soccer field prior to its move to Anderson Stadium in the Spring of 2016)
  • Lennon Family Field - Built as part of the Concannon Center expansion, the turf field is located on the roof of a parking garage and is home to the Friar Field Hockey team.
  • There are also outdoor tennis courts (next to Anderson Station) .

The golf team practices at local courses, the sailing team practices at the Rhode Island Yacht Club and the Ultimate Disc team rotates their practice locations.

Other buildings and facilities[edit]

Dominic Hall
  • Dominic Hall - Dominic Hall, built circa 1850, was a part of the Good Shepherd property, like its neighbors, Saint Joseph's Hall and the Feinstein Academic Center. Since Father Smith became College President in 1994, it has been the home for the President of Providence College. It had previously been the Vice-President's house, but Father Smith decided to keep it his house upon promotion to President.
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas Priory / Gragnani Dominican Center - Opened in 1984, the Priory is the modern home to most of the college's Dominican clergy. Located across the main drive from Harkins Hall and Albertus Magnus Hall, it was named for Saint Thomas Aquinas and Frank ('40) and Charlotte Gragnani, major benefactors of the college.
  • Dominican Community Cemetery - Located just north of McVinney Hall, the cemetery is the final resting place of many of the school's former teachers and presidents.

Additionally, there is a Power Plant located on upper campus (next to the Peterson Recreation Center), a Physical Plant located on the Lower Campus (in the far northeastern corner, behind Hunt-Cavanaugh Hall and the Ceramics Building), and the Security Office, located next to the Huxley Gate. Prior to the completion of the Concannon Center and the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and its corresponding parking lot redesign, a small white house, known as the Thomas House, was located next to the cemetery, near where the intersection of Annie Street and Wardlaw Avenue would have been. This house was long used as the host building for the commencement speaker.

Another house, the Antoninus House, is located across Eaton Street from Cunningham Hall. It is owned by the college and used for alumni events and other purposes.


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