Wilkes University

Evans Hall

Evans hall

Evans Hall is a co-ed 1st year residence hall. 

The capacity of this building is 200 beds with a support staff of seven Resident Assistants (RA’s) and one Resident Director (RD). Singles and doubles are offered as housing options.  

Each floor contains a lounge and kitchen area. There are (at least) two reasons why Evans is popular choice among students -- it is air-conditioned and a bathroom is shared between every two rooms. 

Evans HallVending machines are also available in the lobby in case students are in need of midnight snacks. A laundry room (free for all Evans Hall residents) is located off the lobby.

  • Named for: William Evans, a Wilkes supporter
  • On the site of: Luzerne County's first court, 1787 

If you were at Wilkes before 1982 you might not recognize the name Evans, but you probably remember "New Residence Hall" and "Founders Hall." 

In the early 1980s, Wilkes faced an increased demand for on-campus living residencies, and consequently was at its full capacity. There were 900 students housed on campus, including 90 students in a leased facility and more than 100 students in the nearby Sterling Hotel. This new building was the long-awaited answer to the increased enrollment and university services.

During the dedication ceremony for Founders Hall, President Capin said, "a college is more than brick and mortar. It is people, faculty, administration, and staff interacting with students to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning." 

If you were here in 1981 you witnessed groundbreaking for the "New Residence Hall."

Construction began in September of 1981, and was completed in August of 1982. The structure was built from red brick in order to maintain the integrity of the area and the character of the surrounding buildings.

In order to make room for the new building Wilkes had to let go of two beloved pieces of its campus.

In March of 1981, Butler Hall was razed. Wilkes College had purchased the home located on 110 South River Street in 1973, and named it to honor Colonel Zebulon Butler, who fought in the Battle of Wyoming during the Revolutionary War. Before it was razed, the building was used for classrooms and faculty offices in the mid-1970s.

Stanley Woodward, an attorney and judge in Luzerne County in the late nineteenth century, originally built the home in 1867-1868. 

Also removed were the front pillars of the original Conyngham Hall. The pillars had been left as a monument after a 1968 fire destroyed the rest of the building.