Urban Campus

Freeman Hall

On September 30, 1964 ground was broken for a new dormitory on Richmond’s campus. The building was completed and then dedicated to Douglas Southhall Freeman a little over a year later on October 30, 1965 in front of a homecoming crowd. Freeman was the fourth residence hall to be built in a span of nine years. The rapid expansion of residence halls was in response to the rising number of students living on campus. At the beginning of the 1960's thirty percent of students were commuters. That number was predicted to drop to only twenty percent by the end of the decade. Unlike Marsh, Freeman was funded through private donations. Private money gave the architects more freedom in how they wanted to design the residence hall. One of the more expensive choices that they made was to construct the whole building using brick and limestone. On Marsh you can see the use of Tudor, which is a much cheaper building material. As you can see from the pictures there are several different places on Freeman where the architects chose to put bay windows. It was a more expensive choice, but the bay windows break up the flat surface of the exterior walls. If you look to the roof you can see two other features that the architects were able to include. The chimney and spire make Freeman more unique than some of the other dorm buildings. Each is a feature that you would not see on a bulding that was federally funded like Marsh.  

There were two renovations to Freeman, one in 1989 and one in 2007. The renovation in 1989 was to refinish the woodwork, replace doors, and expand the laundry facilities. In 2007 the dorm was redone to make it into a suite-style hall. 

Freeman Hall