What is McCormick Road Hall-Style Housing Like?
McCormick Road’s historic hallway-style houses — Bonnycastle, Dabney, Hancock, Kent, Lefevre, and Metcalf — host about 800 students, primarily in double bedroom accommodations. Around 45 students live on each hallway and share a common bathroom. Two upperclass Resident Advisors live on each floor. Echols, Emmet, Humphreys, and Page will be closed in 2018-2019 for renovations.
The 2018-2019 academic year will be history in the making for the first-years living at McCormick Road. The existing 70 year-old structures are currently under renovation to add air conditioning, increase the number of bedrooms, create community spaces, and otherwise reimagine these storied buildings as state-of-the-art residence halls.
Residents of Bonnycastle, Dabney, and Kent will be the first to experience the renovated houses. Students in Hancock, Metcalf, and Lefevre will be the last to live in the historic buildings as they were originally created. All will take away enduring memories of their first year at UVA.
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 wife 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.
- 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
1, 2, or 3 extra-long twin beds (80" x 36")
1, 2, or 3 desks and chairs
1, 2, or 3 dressers
Wardrobes or closets
Window shades or blinds (must be left in place)
Wireless connection to the University's computer network
No air conditioning: Lefevre, Hancock, Metcalf
Air conditioning: Bonnycastle, Dabney, Kent
Laundry facilities located in Bonnycastle, Dabney, and Metcalf
Lounges and group study rooms
The Castle dining
Observatory Hill Dining Hall
Newcomb Dining Hall
Aquatic & Fitness Center
Adjustable-height lofted beds80"L x 36"W x 60"HWardrobe72"H x 42"W x 24"D outside, with double doors (one door with mirror)Wardrobe interior23''W x 21 3/8"D x 67 7/8"H with 64" clearance to the barDesk30"W x 24"D x 30"HPencil drawer in desk30"WDresser30"W x 24"D x 30"HWindow63"H x 45"W x 4"D inside
Monday-Thursday: 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday and Sunday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Mailrooms are closed on Saturdays