Originally called Mary Trowbridge House, this residence hall was built for female students and opened in September of 1925. It was named after Mary (Day) Trowbridge, the wife of Luther H. Trowbridge, Class of 1860. She was a former student at the college and came from a pioneering Baptist family. Albert Kahn was the architect of the residence hall. A wing was added in 1939 which includes a plaque with the motto "The end of learning is gracious living." The college's main dining hall was located in Trowbridge until Welles Hall opened in 1940. The original structure also included a hospital and a play room. The west wing was added in 1957. In the 1990's Trowbridge also housed the Career Development Center, which has since moved to Dewing Hall. Trowbridge is also home to "Pebble Beach".

Recent Submissions

  • Concerning the New Dormitory for Women at Kalamazoo College 

    Unknown author (1920s)
    Informational pamphlet giving information about the proposed design of Trowbrodge Hall, the history of Kalamazoo College, and the need for a new women's dormitory.
  • A New Dormitory for Women at Kalamazoo College 

    Unknown author (1920s)
    Brochure issued by the Continuation Campaign conducted by the women in the Northern Baptist Convention. The brochure gives a brief history of the College and also discusses the need for a new dormitory for women.
  • Formal Opening: Women's Dormitory 

    Unknown author (1957-10-05)
    Dedication program for the opening of the West Wing of Trowbridge Hall in 1957.
  • House Rules: Mary Trowbridge 

    Unknown author (1925-1940)
    List of rules and regulations for women in Trowbridge Hall. The document also includes times for quiet hours (including use of the victrola and piano), calling hours, and meals as well as general regulations (smoking and ...
  • Mary Trowbridge House 

    Woman's Baptist Mission Society of Michigan (1925-11-04)
    Program containing the schedule of events for the Trowbridge House dedication. The document also contains photographs of the completed dormitory and a historical review of the dormitory, in addition to a financial statement.
  • Mary Trowbridge House 

    Unknown author (1925)
    A brochure created after the building of the new women's dormitory, Mary Trowbridge House, in 1925. It includes photos of the reception room, sun parlor, dining hall, a typical student room, and the hospital.
  • Kalamazoo College Christmas Carol Service, 1931 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1931-12-11)
    A procession of women Kalamazoo College students during Trowbridge Hall's Christmas Carol Service, 1931. The service was a long-standing tradition on campus that had begun in Trowbridge Hall in 1925 or earlier, and eventually ...
  • Kalamazoo College Trowbridge Hall Lounge 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    The Lounge in Kalamazoo College's Trowbridge Hall, in about 1942. One of the oldest buildings on campus as of 2009, Mary Trowbridge Hall was first occupied in Fall, 1925. As with Wheaton Lodge, an earlier hall for women, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Trowbridge Hall 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1953)
    An exterior view of Kalamazoo College's Trowbridge Hall in 1953. One of the oldest buildings on campus as of 2009, Mary Trowbridge Hall was first occupied in Fall, 1925. As with Wheaton Lodge, an earlier hall for women, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Trowbridge Hall 

    Fischer, David (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    An exterior view of Kalamazoo College's Trowbridge Hall in the 1950s, possibly around the time a second addition to the building was made in 1957. One of the oldest buildings on campus as of 2009, Mary Trowbridge Hall was ...
  • Kalamazoo College Trowbridge Hall Dormitory Room 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    Two unidentified female Kalamazoo College students in their Trowbridge Hall dormitory room. One of the oldest buildings on campus as of 2009, Mary Trowbridge Hall was first occupied in Fall, 1925. As with Wheaton Lodge, ...
  • Kalamazoo College 1932 Winter Formal 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1932-02-06)
    The 1932 Winter Formal dance at Kalamazoo College's Trowbridge Hall (women's dormitory). According to an article in the student newspaper "The Index" on February 5, 1932, the theme of the winter formal was "Snow Ball." The ...
  • Trowbridge Hall 

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