171 South Franklin Street
Stop by and smell the roses.
What distinguishes Fenner Hall from other, more grand buildings on our campus, are the clusters of rose bushes around the property.
The simple gray building is not home to anyone in particular. Rather, it is a chameleon that adapts to whatever purpose it needs to fulfill -- meeting place, conference center, or host to a faculty/staff TGIF gathering. The building also hosts the debate team on the first floor, as well as open meeting space for the campus community.
If you were at Wilkes in 2001 you saw the addition of the house with the pretty roses to our campus. Those roses -- the passion of the home's previous inhabitant -- continue to decorate South Franklin Street with pink blooms every summer.
Atty. George L. Fenner actually donated his home in July 1985, but continued to live in it until he passed away in November 2001. The two-story Second Empire stuccoed brick house dates back to the late 1880s.
Atty. Fenner received an honorary doctorate degree from Wilkes in 1997, and was the school's first honorary trustee. Our 1.5 acre campus greenway -- located behind Fenner Hall -- is also officially known as the George Fenner Quadrangle in honor of our longtime neighbor.