Beginnings of Rhoads Hall
Rhoads Hall was the first "on purpose" built dormitory for the new Virginia Commonwealth University and a symbol of great things to come. Different from previous student living spaces, It is a 18 floor high-rise, able to accomodate over 700 students. The building was named for Webster S. Rhoads Jr. Mr. Rhoads was born in Richmond in 1908, and worked for Miller & Rhoads for which his father was a co-founder. Mr. Rhoads made a contribution to the Richmond Professional Institute as chairman of the property and finance committee and served on the executive committee of RPI's board of visitors. He continued to lead RPI through its transition to VCU. Some people suggested that this living space was too big, and students would benefit more from living in the Victorian home type setting.