Construction for Hoben Hall began on April 21, 1936. It was designed by architect Aymar Embury II at a cost of around $150,000, funded mostly through the donation of Mr. and Mrs. Enos A. DeWaters (Class of 1899 and 1900, respectively). It was constructed as a men's dormitory to replace Williams Hall, whose bricks were sold to fund the furnishing of Hoben Hall. On January 20, 1937 Hoben Hall was dedicated. It is named after Allan Hoben (Kalamazoo College President 1922-1935). Originally, it was furnished with two game rooms (usable for a fee of 25 cents per semester), a guest room (at a rate of 50 cents per night), a powder room, an infirmary, and a kitchen. Initial capacity was set at 116 students. While the residence hall is now reserved for first-year students Hoben was initially open to all classes.

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  • Lounge in Hoben Hall 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    Interior view of the main lounge in Hoben Hall.
  • Lounge in Hoben Hall 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1950)
    Interior view of the main lounge of Hoben Hall. Photo taken by Ward C. Morgan Studio, negative no. 4143-4.
  • Students Playing Billiards 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1939-10-11)
    A group of unidentified male students playing billiards in the basement of Hoben Hall. At this time, Hoben was a men's only dormitory. Ward Morgan Negative #189
  • Students in Hoben Hall 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1939)
    Two unidentified students in a Hoben Hall dorm. At this time, Hoben was used as a men's only dormitory. A framed picture of Stetson Chapel hangs on the wall. Ward Morgan Negative #158A
  • "Bull Session" in Front of Hoben Fireplace 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1939-12-05)
    A group of unidentified male students having a "bull session" in front of the Hoben fireplace. A "bull session" was slang for an informal group discussion, especially amongst a group of men. Ward Morgan Negative #244
  • Enos A. DeWaters 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1951)
    Enos A. DeWaters, Class of 1899 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1938 to 1946.
  • Hoben Hall Front Entrance 

    Crist, William B. (1960)
    Eastward facing photograph of Hoben Hall's front exterior sometime during the early 1960s. The students are unidentified.
  • Hoben Hall Lounge 

    Schiavone Studio (1950)
    This pictures shows the southern half of the Hoben Hall lounge sometime in the early 1950s. The students are unidentified. Schiavone Studio No. 12918
  • House Meeting 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    A photograph of a Hoben Hall house meeting in the Hoben Hall lounge. This picture was used in the 1942 issue of the Boiling Pot. The students are unidentified.
  • Hoben Formal 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1941-11-29)
    A 1942 Boiling Pot photograph showing the November 29, 1941 formal dance held in the Hoben Hall lounge.
  • Hoben Hall Dormitory Room 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    An image from the 1942 Boiling Pot which depicts three unidentified individuals in a Hoben Hall dormitory room sometime during March, 1942.
  • Hoben Lounge 

    Unknown author (1939)
    A group of male students using the north end of the Hoben Hall lounge.
  • Gathering around the fireplace in Hoben Hall 

    Morgan, Ward C. (1938)
    An unidentified group of male Kalamazoo College students pose for a photograph around one of the fireplaces in the Hoben Hall lounge.
  • Handbook for Residents: Hoben Hall 

    House Council of Hoben Hall (Kalamazoo College, 1942-06)
    This booklet from the 1942-43 school year contains general rules and regulations for Hoben Hall, including guest, radio, bathroom, and telephone regulations, air-raid instructions, college yells and songs, and other subjects ...
  • Life in Hoben Hall 

    Unknown author (1941)
    The text of a speech from an unknown author detailing pranks and daily life in Hoben and Williams Hall. Contributed by James Tuma.
  • Breaking Ground for Hoben Hall 

    Unknown author (1936-04-21)
    This image shows the ground breaking ceremony for Hoben Hall on April 21, 1936. Shown from left to right are: Glenn S. Allen, President of the student body and member of the Class of 1936; H. Clair Jackson, member of the ...
  • Kalamazoo College Williams (Upper) Hall 

    Unknown (1937)
    Kalamazoo College's Williams (or Upper) Hall in about 1937, just prior to demolition. The new Hoben Hall dormitory is just behind Williams at left. As soon as the students moved out of Williams and were settled in Hoben, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Hoben Hall 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, c. 1937)
    The front of Kalamazoo College's Hoben Hall dormitory, with a large group of students posed in the colonnade facing the quad. This photograph may have been taken just after Hoben Hall was opened for use, in early 1937. The ...
  • Kalamazoo College Hoben Hall Dormitory Room 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    A dormitory room in Kalamazoo College's Hoben Hall. At a Board of Trustees meeting on November 8, 1935, trustee Enos DeWaters passed a note written on the back of an envelope to Board Chair Claude Harmon stating that he ...
  • Kalamazoo College Hoben Hall Groundbreaking 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1936)
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new men's dormitory, Hoben Hall, in the spring of 1936. Hoben Hall was built just next to the old Williams (or Upper) Hall that had been a campus mainstay since the 1850s. When Hoben was ...

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