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multi-story building with circular attachment near front of building

Haven Hall, SU Photo & Imaging RS 41094

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Haven Hall Dormitory for Women

Ground Broken: March 1963

Occupied: September 1964

Dedicated: November 13, 1964

Named for: Rev. Erastus O. Haven, second Chancellor of SU, 1874-1880

Estimated Cost: $3.48 Million

Location: 400 Comstock Avenue

Contractor: Dygert Construction

Landscape Architect: Noreda Rotunno

Architect: King and King Architects

Materials: Red brick facing; limestone trim

Interior Decoration: Ralph Laidlaw

Notes: Haven Hall Dormitory was built to house 405 female students, nine head residents and a director. It was named in honor of the Rev. Erastus O. Haven, second Chancellor of Syracuse University, who served from 1874-1880. This Haven Hall was actually the second dormitory for women named after Chancellor Haven; the first structure, built in 1904, was demolished in 1963 to make way for Newhouse I.

Now housing both male and female students, the building is curved and has an attached circular wing which includes a 400-seat dining hall. It has eight floors above the ground on the Comstock Avenue side and eleven floors on the west side. Haven Hall also contains a large first-floor lobby, main lounge and recreation room, registration desk, family room and a reading room. The twelfth-floor penthouse has a lounge-social room with adjacent kitchenette. A typical floor in the dormitory's original configuration had 16 single rooms, 13 divided double rooms, a triple room and a room for the head resident.

Haven Hall was refurbished in 1995 and its dining area was renovated in the summer of 1997 via the installation of new tables and seating, new lighting, added televisions and a new entrance.

In 2009 with the opening of Ernie Davis dormitory, the circular Haven Hall dining facility closed. In 2014 the area became a study area for students.