165 South Franklin Street
Capin Hall is the South Franklin Street home of...
communications and history offices and classrooms, including one of our
The basement of Capin Hall is occupied by our Speech & Debate room.
If you were at Wilkes before 1984...
you might know the building at 165 South Franklin Street as John Franklin Hall, named for Colonel John Franklin (1749-1831), an early resident of the Wyoming Valley. In 1984, its name was changed to honor Dr. Robert Capin, Wilkes' third President, who retired that year.
In 1969, the brick structure was purchased by Wilkes from the District 1 Headquarters of the International Union of the United Mine Workers, who occupied it from July 1959 to July 1969.
Capin Hall, which is thought to have been built between 1905 and 1910, was a home until it was converted into the UMW headquarters.
The three-story brick structure is an example of the Classical Revival style of the late Victorian period. It was estimated to have received $100,000 worth of damage from the Agnes Flood in 1972.