Wilkes University

Weiss Hall

Weiss hall

Weiss Hall is somewhat famous (infamous?!?) for the Homecoming displays traditionally hung from its second-floor balcony.

Weiss Hall is a single-sex living environment for first year and upperclassman females. The capacity of this building is 22 beds with a support staff of one RA. Singles, doubles, and triples are offered as housing options.

Inside, Weiss Hall offers mansion-style (yet cozy) living. It is a popular residence hall because many of its rooms feature original fireplaces, sliding pocket doors and built-in bookshelves. Weiss Hall

The beauty of the building is apparent as soon as you enter the front door. Richly carved woodwork wraps the lobby and an elaborate stained-glass window lights the landing of the home's main staircase to welcome you.

Don't let the beauty and craftsmanship of the building intimidate you though. An inscription on Weiss' lobby fireplace accurately sums up the feeling of this home -- "East, West; Home is Best.

front tower...added in late 1800 
listed on...National Register of Historic Places

  • If you were at Wilkes in 1957 you might have been one of the first students to live in the beautiful building on the corner donated by Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Weiss.
  • Mr. Weiss was a local businessman who founded the Triangle Shoe Company in Wilkes-Barre and served as a Trustee of Wilkes College. In return for the donation of the home, the Weiss family asked that the building bear the family name.
  • The building was originally constructed as a home for Edmund Taylor, a Luzerne County Judge. It originally looked more like Catlin Hall with a Greek Revival style that emphasized symmetry and smooth wall surfaces than the current structure.

  • Soon after businessman Samuel Brown bought the house in 1886, alterations began. The home took on a more Queen Anne style appearance, which was popular at the time. Perhaps the most apparent change made to the exterior of the home was the addition of the tower on the corner of the home that faces South River and Northampton Streets.

  • Despite renovations to make the building more suitable for apartment-style rooms and offices, the basic structure of the home remains the same. Two porches, however, were removed from the south side of the building.

  • The land on which the building sits was once a portion of the property owned by William Ross.