What is McCormick Road Hall-Style Housing Like?
McCormick Road’s hallway-style houses -- Echols, Emmet, Hancock, Humphreys, Lefevre, Metcalf, and Page -- are home to about 900 students in double bedrooms, with the exception of 21 small singles between the hallways of each floor. Around 45 students live on each hallway and share a common bathroom. Two upperclass Resident Advisors live on each floor. This area is not air-conditioned. Bonnycastle, Dabney, and Kent are closed in 2017-2018 for renovations.
How the Houses Got Their Names
- English-born, Charles Bonnycastle was one of the seven chair holders who opened the University on March 7, 1825. He served as the chair of natural philosophy and then mathematics, and with his Ann Mason Tuff was the first tenant of Pavilion VII.
- Richard Heath Dabney of Tennessee was associate professor of history from 1907 to 1938 and was named the first dean of the Department of Graduate Studies in 1905. As a student at the University in the 1870s he was an intimate friend of Woodrow Wilson.
- Texas-born William Holding Echols was adjunct professor of mathematics and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. He and his family lived in Pavilion VIII, and he is remembered for his efforts to save the Rotunda when the Annex caught fire in 1895.
- John Patten Emmet was born in Ireland, studied medicine in New York, and practiced in Charleston, where his series of chemistry lectures caught Jefferson’s attention. Appointed to the original University faculty to teach natural history, he lived with his wife in Pavilion I.
- Born in South Carolina, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve was appointed as chair of Greek before he was twenty-five. He lived in Pavilion I with his family and taught Latin as well as Greek during the Civil War years before leaving to be on the first faculty of John Hopkins University.
- Charles Hancock, a native of Albemarle County, graduated from the University in 1904 as a Phi Beta Kappa and Raven and returned in 1908 as adjunct professor of mechanical engineering.
- Virginia-born Milton Wylie Humphreys was a professor of ancient languages at Washington & Lee, Vanderbilt, and the University of Texas, before becoming professor of Greek at the University in 1887. He remained in his position until he retired in 1912.
- Virginia native and University graduate Charles William Kent returned as the fit Linden Kent professor in the School of English Literature in 1893. He and his family lived in Pavilion IV (until it was occupied by President Alderman as an office), and then in Pavilion V with Kent’s father-in-law, Francis Harvey Smith.
- Baltimore-native Albert Lefevre befriended President Edwin Alderman while teaching at Tulane, and a year after Alderman came to the University, Lefevre followed as professor of philosophy. With Dr. William A. Lambeth, he co-organized the Southern Conference of intercollegiate athletic competition.
- John Calvin Metcalf of Kentucky, an alumnus of Georgetown and Harvard, was dean of the University of Richmond before coming to the University in 1917 to succeed Heath Dabney as Dean of Graduate Studies in 1923.
- James Morris Page was a native Virginian. After serving as a fellow in mathematics at Johns Hopkins, he was named adjunct professor in mathematics at the University. He became the first Dean of the University as well as Dean of the College in 1904, positions he occupied for thirty years.
Amenities & Furnishings
Doubles: 2 extra-long captain's beds, with 6 drawers underneath *
Singles: 1 standard twin-size bed and dresser
1 or 2 desks with chairs and bookshelves
Full length closet or wardrobe
Window shades or blinds (must be left in place)
Wireless connection to the University's computer network
No air conditioning
* Note: Doubles in Bonnycastle and Hancock have bunkable extra-long beds and built-in closets with drawer space, instead of the captain's beds.
Laundry facilities located in Metcalf and Dabney
The Castle snack bar,
Observatory Hill Dining Hall
Newcomb Dining Hall
Aquatic & Fitness Center
Adjustable-height bed80"L x 36"W x 36"HLighted carrel with tackboard on top of desk36"W x 12"D x 24"HCeiling9'HDesk42"W x 24"D x 30"H3-drawer desk pedestal on casters16"W x 20"D x 28"HDoor79"H x 36"W2-drawer stackable dresser30"W x 24"D x 20"HNo air conditioningWardrobe72"H x 36"W x 24"D (includes 2 drawers, hanging area, shelf above hanging area)