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A Village on Palatine Hill

December 15, 2003

Three new residence halls rise up out of the sloping hillside of Lewis & Clark’s main campus, framed by fall foliage and alive with students heading to and from class.

Roberts Hall stands at the center, flanked by East and West halls. All three house primarily juniors and seniors. Designed with attention to the natural environment on Palatine Hill and constructed with sustainable materials, the apartment-style buildings feature two- and four-person suites with kitchens, bathrooms, airy lounges, and a communications infrastructure to support evolving technology needs. The architectural focal point of each house is a two-story lounge, featuring a fireplace and exposed truss work at the ceiling that evokes the character of a small lodge.

Construction of the new residence halls marks the first phase of the College’s long-term plan to create the Jeffersonian ideal of an academic village at Lewis & Clark—a place where living and learning intersect.

“Our student body is made up primarily of young people who are experiencing the formative transition between late adolescence and early adulthood,” says Jane Atkinson, vice president and provost of the College. “We believe they thrive best through total immersion in the collegiate experience and full engagement in campus life.”

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    Above: An aerial view of the angled rooftops of West, Roberts, and East halls.
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    Above (clockwise from top left): Meandering sidewalks provide natural stopping points for conversation. • Nearly 170 upperclass students live in the three new residence halls. • The basketball hoop is still a mainstay of residence hall design. • With laptops in tow, students head to the outdoor patios on sunny days.
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    Above (clockwise from top left): Each suite contains a kitchen for preparing a home-cooked meal. • The four-bedroom suites feature comfortable living rooms for studying and socializing. • The recreation center in East Hall houses a pool table and other play and exercise equipment.
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    Above (clockwise from top left): Students have opportunities for both camaraderie and reflection in the new suites. • The building design maximizes natural light. • (bottom left and right) Maggie's Café offers smoothies, gourmet desserts, grab-and-go quick meals, and, of course, coffee.
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    Roberts Hall, home to Maggie's Café, at nightfall.
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