A hub for student life, Gerety Hall also houses classrooms and offices. The first floor is home to several meeting and study spaces and the fireplace lounge, which often hosts campus events. The second floor features classrooms and offices for the Center for Community Engagement and Service, the Office of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association.
The third floor houses faculty offices for the Department of Modern Languages, while the lower level is home to the bicycle loan program, Seahawk Radio and the Campus Activities Board. During the warmer months, Gerety Hall’s expansive lawn provides an ideal setting for barbecues, carnivals, club rushes and other student activities.
Built for renowned anglophile James Van Alen and completed in 1887, Gerety Hall is modeled after Wakehurst Place, an Elizabethan manor in West Sussex, England. The grounds echo the serenity of an English country estate, with a serpentine drive and footpaths winding under specimen trees and ending at formal gardens.