A Village on Palatine Hill

Photo essay: Lewis & Clark’s new apartment-style residence halls.

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.”