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    Thomas Hall

    Thomas Hall, along with Buckman Hall, was one of the two buildings that comprised the University of Florida at its opening for Fall Semester 1906. These buildings provided all the services of the University. Thomas Hall originally housed the president’s office, library, dining hall, kitchen, a four-bed infirmary, a small auditorium, and classrooms. Designed as a dormitory, Thomas became a residence hall when the first academic buildings were completed between 1910 and 1914. The building was named for Mayor William Reuben Thomas, who successfully lobbied to bring the University of Florida to Gainesville.

    Architect: William Augustus Edwards
    Contractor: W. T. Hadlow of Jacksonville
    Building Name: Major William Reuben Thomas, who worked to bring the University of Florida to Gainesville

    Thomas Hall Character-Defining Features
    SCALE
    • 3-1/2 stories
    MASSING
    • Rectangular (I-shape)
    • Projecting angled bays
    • 292 feet long
    ROOF
    • Gable with Crenellated parapet
    ENTRANCES
    • Individual entrances facing courtyard
    • Cast stone ornament at door surrounds
    WINDOWS
    • 6 over 6 lights
    • Double hung, wood, paired
    MATERIALS
    • Brick is Common Bond with course 6 alternating header/stretcher
    • 6th course is Flemish Bond
    ORNAMENTATION
    • Water table – half round with bulging torus
    • Sculpture – “Anguished Scholar”
    • Cast sills
    INTERIOR FEATURES
    BUILDING-SITE RELATIONSHIP
    • Forms one wing defining a rectangular courtyard
    • The proportion of clear space in the courtyards between the buildings is at least twice the ground to parapet height