A hub for student activities, Wakehurst also houses classrooms and offices. The first floor is home to the Global Cafe and the fireplace lounge, which often hosts campus events. The second floor features classrooms, the Office of Community Service and offices for organizations such as the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board.
The third floor houses faculty offices for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, while the lower level is home to the bicycle loan program and the Office of Student Activities. During the warmer months, Wakehurst’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, Wakehurst 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.