Ladies' Hall, the first residence built for women at Kalamazoo College, was first occupied in September 1887. It was located on the college hill near Academy Street. Credit for raising the funds for construction goes to Baptist women's groups around the state of Michigan, who sold bricks at 10 cents each. The total cost of construction was $7,000, and the Hall housed 30 women. The young women were expected to share in the domestic duties of the Hall one hour each day. On Sundays and Wednesdays, young men were allowed to call in the social room on the first floor. In 1922, the building was renamed Wheaton Lodge in memory of Mrs. Archibald Wheaton, who had served as hall matron for many years. After the completion of Trowbridge Hall in 1925, Wheaton Lodge served as overflow housing for men. It was torn down in 1929 to make way for Mandelle Library.

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  • Mrs. Archibald Wheaton 

    Unknown author (1910)
    Mrs. Archibald Wheaton, matron of Ladies' Hall, which was later re-named to Wheaton Lodge in her honor.
  • Corner Stone of the Young Ladies' Home 

    Unknown author (1884-06-13)
    Small card giving the time and place for the corner stone ceremony for the Young Ladies' Home, also known as Ladies Hall or Wheaton Lodge.
  • Woman's Education Society 

    Unknown author (1888)
    Report created by the Woman's Education Society, detailing the activities of their annual 1888 meeting, possible objections to their organization, and both their state and local constitutions.
  • Kalamazoo Ladies' Hall Association 

    Unknown author (1882-09)
    Booklet containing the preamble, articles of association, and by-laws of the Kalamazoo Ladies' Association, whose purpose was to secure funds to build a dormitory for women on campus.
  • Kalamazoo College Wheaton Lodge 

    Unknown (1930)
    A view of Kalamazoo College's women's dormitory. It was originally known as Ladies' Hall and renamed Wheaton Lodge in 1922 to honor its longtime matron, Mrs. Archibald Wheaton. The photograph was taken sometime after the ...
  • Kalamazoo College Student Group 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    A group of Kalamazoo College students and faculty on the steps and porch of Wheaton Lodge, sometime near the turn of the 20th century. The people are not identified, nor is the photographer. This photograph is printed in ...
  • Kalamazoo College Ladies' Hall Reception Room 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    The reception room at Ladies' Hall. Ladies' Hall, the first residence built for women at Kalamazoo College, was first occupied in September 1887. Credit for raising the funds for construction goes to Baptist women's groups ...
  • Kalamazoo College Class of 1909 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1909)
    Kalamazoo College's graduating class of 1909. The students, in caps and gowns, are standing in a line down the hill from Wheaton Lodge, the women's dormitory. Several faculty members are in line with the students, including ...
  • Kalamazoo College Wheaton Lodge 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    An exterior view of Kalamazoo College's Wheaton Lodge (Ladies' Hall). This is a later photograph of the building, showing an added fire escape at left. Ladies' Hall, the first residence built for women at Kalamazoo College, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Students at Ladies' Hall 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1913)
    A group of female students on the front steps of Kalamazoo College's Ladies' Hall (later Wheaton Lodge) in 1913. The students are not identified, but the woman in the upper left is probably Mrs. Archibald Wheaton, who was ...
  • Kalamazoo College Wheaton Lodge 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 2009-08-28)
    An exterior view of Kalamazoo College's Wheaton Lodge (Ladies' Hall). Ladies' Hall, the first residence built for women at Kalamazoo College, was first occupied in September 1887. Credit for raising the funds for construction ...