Wilkes University

Capin Hall

Capin Hall is the South Franklin Street home of the communications office and classrooms, including one of our Smart classrooms.

  • 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.
  • Capin Hall is now home to the division of Global History and Languages and the department of Communication Studies.