Campus & Facilities
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Jerry “Dutch” Van Voorhis Lecture Hall
This new lecture hall makes it possible for the entire Chatham Hall community and guests to gather on campus to hear lectures by some of the world’s greatest leaders, thinkers and artists. The new 3,788 square foot lecture hall accommodates an audience of up to 320-350 people and was completed in the spring of 2009. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 29, 2007 during Parent's Weekend.
The light, airy interior shares a brick wall with Yardley, adding warmth to the room and a sense of connectedness to the rest of the campus. The hall has an attractive wood floor, a high-beamed ceiling, and a convertible stage approximately 24 feet wide and 9-13 feet deep that retracts for lectures and expand for larger purposes, such as choir performances. It also has features setting it apart from other structures on campus: a slanted roof and a wall of glass that infuses the room with natural light and affords guests views of the academic courtyard, the Whitner Fine Arts building, and, from an angle, the field that slopes towards the riding ring.
Pruden Hall serves as the main entrance to Chatham Hall and houses the administrative and admissions offices, the Health Care Center, and two floors of dormitory space. It is named for Rev. C. Orlando Pruden, one of the school’s founders.
The upper floors of Dabney Hall houses English, math, history and journalism classrooms. Above the classrooms are two floors of dormitory rooms. On the lower level, there is a Student Center, renovated in 2006, which includes a comfortable lounge area called "the Niche", a snack bar, a day students lounge and locker room, a newly equipped fitness center, a tiered movie viewing room, the student activities office, post office, bookstore, kitchen and laundry facilities.
Yardley Hall is home to the Chatham Hall dining area, with food service provided by Meriwether-Godsey. Most meals are offered buffet-style with a soup and salad bar available for lunch and the evening meal.
Yardley Hall received a massive renovation during the summer of 2008. In addition to a state-of-the-art, open-air kitchen, the dining hall has been refurbished with new tables, chairs and carpeting. The sleek yet comfortable design and layout is a perfect setting for our community meals.
Edmund J. and Lucy Lee Library
Our library of approximately 30,000 volumes was constructed in 1987. It boasts an electronic card catalog and Internet access, as well as a media room housing DVDs, videos and CDs for student and faculty use. Downstairs is the popular Tea Room for reading, studying and club meetings.
The Rector lives and entertains alumnae, parents and other visitors in this historic home.
Shaw Science and Technology Building
Opened in 2003, Shaw is a state-of-the-art facility that includes four fully wired laboratory/classroom facilities, a high-tech lecture hall, a greenhouse, and offices for the science faculty. Shaw’s exceptional technology resources make it possible to bring the world to Chatham Hall through distance learning. One example is the course, Exploring the Islamic World Through Film, taught by a Chatham alumna and professor living in Boston.
Holt Language Building
Chatham Hall is one of only a few schools with a facility dedicated to the languages. Holt, which reopened in 2004 after extensive renovation, includes four technology-equipped classrooms for foreign and classical language instruction and two faculty apartments. The structure is connected to Dabney Hall via a walkway that showcases flags from the homelands of Chatham Hall students and alumnae.
The Art Building
The Art Building includes the school’s art and dance studios, as well as a black-box theater.
St. Mary's Chapel
Renaissance in style with a brick exterior, St. Mary’s Chapel is a holy place with an interior reminiscent of a European cathedral. It boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling, slate floor and beautiful stained glass windows, as well as a central nave, which passes through a split chancel to enter a deep high-altar area lined with choir pews. Chapel services are held on Tuesday and Friday mornings and Sunday evenings. Many alumnae return to campus to be married in this beautiful chapel, which was built in 1939 and restored in the mid 1990s.
The Commons is a gymnasium facility that is utilized for basketball, volleyball, dances and field day activities. Two locker rooms are available, and there is a large balcony area for spectators.
Mars Riding Arena is the centerpiece of our extensive equestrian facilities that also include 40 stalls, two practice rings, a show ring and a permanent hunter-jumper course. Measuring 125 by 250 feet in size, Mars Riding Arena allows for yearlong riding, regardless of weather conditions. Its facilities include eight indoor stalls, offices, two wash bays and a common room for riders. The arena was opened in 1998 and is named for the Mars family, whose daughter is an alumna.
Willis Hall houses the advancement office and two large classrooms. Willis is the home of St. Francis of Piedmont, a 1955 (21' 6" by 8' 2") mural painted by Athos Menaboni. Read more about the mural painted by Athos Menaboni.
Eighteen homes for faculty members are offered on campus. Family dwellings are available, as are duplex units for single faculty members.