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Into the Nooks and Crannies of Historic North Hall

Did you know that originally, North Hall was designed to be one of the tallest buildings on the Eastern seaboard? Scott Dimarco shows Dennis Miller the rare, original design drawings. They then take a historic trip into the nooks and crannies of the attic, basement, and old student quarters.

A Tour of North Hall

Scott DiMarco takes us on a virtual tour of Historic North Hall in at Mansfield University in Mansfield Pennsylvania. Along the way he tells some interesting facts and legends about this amazing piece of history. Vintage video and photographs are included in this rare look at the present North Hall.

Facts about North Hall

Tour Highlights by Floor/Wing

[History]   [2nd Floor South]   [The Well / Atrium]   [2nd FLoor North]   [1st Floor South]   

[3rd Floor South]   [3rd Floor North]   [4th Floor South]   [4th Floor North]   [Beyond the walls]   [Credits]

North Hall History

Residents could sit comfortably in their rooms and watch their classmates play tennis.The building of Memorial Hall in the late 1960s, though, angered tennis players and others by the score. Voicing the concerns of many, one particularly upset faculty member wrote a letter-to-the-editor of The Flashlight -- the campus newspaper.

The building was closed in 1975 and there was considerable discussion about tearing the dilapidated building down. But, pressure from numerous campus and community leaders stayed the building's demise. Today, the building is a showcase for libraries, the campus, and the region.

For years, the upper floors served as a woman's dormitory while the ground floor served as the cafeteria. While other buildings on campus were built or renovated, North Hall deteriorated.

Second Floor South

As you walk through North Hall, you will see the arch motif in the furniture, the carpeting, the doorways, and more. Cherry -- the wood from which the arch is carved -- can also be seen throughout.

The Traditional Reading Room

The Circulation Desk

From a functional standpoint, the Circulation Desk is the key feature of the south wing of the second floor. As the name implies, this area handles the circulation of library materials. Among other things, you can check-out/return books, check on reserved items, get change, and pick up items you may have ordered via inter-library loan.

A message board and campus TV (at the extreme south end of the Circulation Desk area) provide updated information about library and campus-wide services and activities.

We know none of you taking this tour will have to worry about doing so, but, if someone you know needs to pay a fine or fee, this can also be taken care of at the Circulation Desk.

Navigational Information

Original Porches

Renovated Porches

Current Bestsellers Collection

The Baker-Taylor collection -- a collection of current bestsellers and other "popular" works rounds out the south wing of the 2nd floor.

The "Well" or "Atrium"

The ground floor often served as a reception room. Sara, a legendary Mansfield student, is rumored to have fallen over one of the railings, plummeting to her death. Because of or in spite of Sara, the atrium was closed in the 1930s because of fire and safety concerns.

Second Floor North

First Floor South

Several private listening rooms, complete with a variety of audio equipment, provide students with additional opportunities to study and listen to music. A keyboard even allows them to practice.

Third Floor South

Third Floor North

Fourth Floor South

Fourth Floor North

Books with call numbers HV1416 - PR3474 are housed in this wing.

The fourth floor classroom connects the past with the future -- literally. More than 20 ports, outlets, and wireless capability provide access to the campus computer network. The room is used by librarians to provide library instruction for various classes across the curricula.

Beyond the walls...

In today's information-rich world "access" not "ownership" is the key. To that end, in addition to nearly 50 standalone computer workstations, over 400 ports, outlets and wireless capability throughout the library -- virtually anywhere there's a seat -- provide access to the world of networked information and applications.


A special thanks to Mansfield University sociology professor Dr. Gale Largey and his book Life at Mansfield: A Visual Reminiscence (1984) from which the historical text and photos were taken.

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