Thomas Hall 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.

Character Defining Features


  • SCALE camera
  •           3-1/2 stories

  • MASSING camera
  •           Retangular (I-shape)

              Projecting angled bays

              292 feet long

  • ROOF
  •           Gable with Crenellated parapet

  • ENTRANCES camera
  •          Individual entrances facing courtyard

             Cast stone ornament at door surrounds

  • WINDOWS camera
  •           6 over 6 lights

              Double hung, wood, paired

  • MATERIALS camera
  •           Brick is Common Bond with course 6 alternating header/stretcher

              6th course is Flemish Bond

  •           Water table - half round with bulging torus

              Sculpture - "Anguished Scholar"

              Cast sills

  •           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


    Thomas Hall


    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


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