Wilkes University

Waller Halls

Waller HallIt's like a big maze!

Waller North is the honors hall for first year students. The capacity of this side of the building is 20 beds with a support staff of one RA. Singles, doubles, and triples are offered as housing options.

Waller South is a coed living environment for first year students. The capacity of this side of the building is 18 beds with a support staff of one RA. Singles, doubles, and triples are offered as housing options.

While physically one building, the Wallers are divided in half to create two smaller communities. They are connected by a hallway so students can visit without having to go outside.

Rooms on the South side's second floor are tied by bathrooms and closets so, in theory, you could circle the floor without stepping into a hallway.

Both homes have ample first-floor lounges and some residence hall rooms have direct access to bathroom facilities -- no walking (running?) down the hall to get ready for class!

If you were at Wilkes before 1964 that large stately West River Street building was not yet part of the Wilkes campus. Wilkes acquired it in parts -- 36 was purchased first, from Michael McLaughlin. The new residence hall was named in honor of Charles Waller, a Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wilkes College. At that point, the structure at 40 West River was still the home of Mrs. Charles Waller.

Wilkes purchased the other half of the building in October 1983. Waller Hall was then separated into North (36 West River) and South (40 West River). 

36 and 40 West River Street were built around 1925 by Julius Long Stern and his father Harry F. Stern. Julius and his family lived in 36 and his parents in 40. The Sterns owned the Isaac Long Store, a department store which had been founded by Harry Stern's father-in-law in the 1870s. The store, located at 25 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, was destroyed by the flood of 1972. The homes, connected by a doorway, were designed by Innes and Levy, a Wilkes-Barre architectural firm. Waller Hall was then separated into North (36 West River Street) and South (40 West River). The stone used to build the intricately detailed Tudor Revival style homes was salvaged from the razing of a mid-nineteenth century home that stood on the site prior to construction."


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