Murphree Hall Murphree Hall


Murphree Hall was built in 1939, completing the dormitory complex of the Northwest sector of the early campus. During the Second World War, Murphree Hall housed training soldiers. After World War II, families of veteran who were enrolled at UF on the GI Bill were housed here until the development of the Flavet Villages. The football team was also housed here for a period. The building continued the dormitory concept of individual entrances with stairways leading to suites of rooms, in contrast to the later plan of spine hallways. Murphree was named for UF's second president Albert A. Murphree.

Character Defining Features


  • SCALE camera
  •           3-1/2 stories

  • MASSING camera
  •           Rectangular bars form a "C" shape plan that defines exterior court, cross, gables, projecting angled bays

  • ROOF
  •           Gable

              Cross gable bays

  • ENTRANCES camera
  •           Individual entrances facing courtyard

  • WINDOWS camera
  •           6 over 6 lights

              Double hung

  • MATERIALS camera
  •           Brick is English Cross Bond

              Solider course above 3rd story windows

              Brick color range - 3 tones, orangey, deeper red and dark (glazed)

              Flat clay roof tiles in light red

  •           Cast stone horizontal bands, simple profiles on string courses

              Water table - half round with bulging torus

  •           Resident advisor room

  •           Forms C shape defining courtyard, about 60' X 150'

              Pedestrian passaages 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


    Murphree Hall


    Architect:  Rudolph Weaver

    Contractor:  H. S. Baird, Inc.

    Building Name:  For albert A. Murphree (1870-1927), second president of the University of Florida


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