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    Sledd Hall

    Sledd Hall, designed by University Architect Rudolph Weaver, was built in 1929 and links to Fletcher and Thomas Halls. Sculptural figures along the cornice depict the all male student population of the period engaged in a variety of activities. Plaques with seals of great universities of the world suggested the University’s goals for academic achievement. Courtyard entrances to the individual suites are enhanced with figures representing creatures from the sea and the local region. A sculptural frieze depicts the Spanish discovery of Florida and reflects the Spanish heritage of the state. Another sculptural relief depicts students with architectural tools and sporting equipment. An outstanding feature of the building was the Mucozo Tower South entrance to the dormitory courtyard. The sculptural features recognize the friendship of Chief Mucozo and Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz. The tower also included a trunk depository, where students’ luggage was loaded on a dumb waiter to the storage level below. Sledd Hall was named for the first UF president, Dr. Andrew Sledd.

    Architect: Rudolph Weaver
    Contractor: Sutton Brothers Company
    Building Name: UF’s first president, Andrew Sledd

    Sledd Hall Character-Defining Features
    • 3-1/2 stories
    • Series of rectangular bars connecting to other buildings that define exterior court
    • Prominent Ornamented Mucozo Tower
    • Gable
    • Balustrade at parapet
    • Cross gable bays
    • Individual entrances facing courtyard
    • 6 over 6 lights
    • Double hung, paired
    • Brick is English Cross Bond
    • Pronounced Diaper pattern on South facade
    • Clay roof tiles, light red flat tile
    • Plaques in balcony at top of angled bays, decorative seals
    • Cast stone lintels, sills
    • Water table half round with bulgiing torus
    • Cast stone entrance surrounds
    • Quoins at balustrade bays
    • Sculptures inspired by local history and university life
    • Several wings define a rectangular courtyard with other buildings
    • Pedestrian passages through the building mass on ground floor
    • The proportion of clear space in the courtyards between the buildings is at least twice the ground to parapet height