Wilkes University

Rifkin Hall

Rifkin hall

Rifkin Hall is known for its spacious apartments.

Rifkin Hall is a co-ed apartment-style living environment. The capacity of this building is 34 beds with a support staff of one RA. Doubles, triples, and quads are offered as housing options. Authentic fireplaces and stained glass windows make each room unique. Included in each suite are a refrigerator, kitchenette, and bathroom. Few larger apartments provide a living area as well. The apartments are limited to only upperclassmen.

The mansion has a rich history, which includes being owned by Colonel Robert Bruce Ricketts for whom Ricketts Glen State Park is named. If you were at Wilkes before 1989 you could only dream about what the inside of this enormous Gothic mansion might be like. 

However, in July of 1989, the building was acquired from Arnold and Sandy Rifkin, who had longtime ties to the University, and became part of the Wilkes campus. When they moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1948, the Rifkins made their first apartment on the third floor of what is now one of our most beautiful historic residence hall.

The structure was built in 1875, as a home for the Ricketts family, one of Wilkes-Barre's coal-baron families. The architect of the massive stone structure is unknown. Later owners of the building included Judge William McLean and Moses Griffith, who converted the home into apartments.

Despite changed ownership and purpose, none of the exterior has been altered. Even the wrought iron and brick arches over the windows are original.