Wilkes University

Hollenback Hall

Change is nothing new for this building.

It has housed numerous offices -- and students -- since it became part of the Wilkes campus.

Its newest tenant is our Office of Residence Life. Until the summer of 2004, the Small Business Development Center and our newspaper, the Beacon, called it home. Hollenback Hall is currently the home of Intensive English Program (IEP).

If you were at Wilkes in 1954 you witnessed the growth of our campus with the addition of Hollenback Hall. The building was acquired in April 1954, through the generosity of Miss Anna Welles Hollenback, a longtime friend of Wilkes.

Hollenback Hall has since served a multitude of purposes. It has been home to the Guidance and Placement Center, the office of the Veteran's Administrative Guidance Program, and many faculty members. Hollenback was also a men's dorm from 1959-1965, and a women's dorm from 1965-1987.

Wilkes-Barre architects Sturdevant and Poggi built the home in 1916, as a residence for Anna Hollenback. It is an example of the Classical Revival style of architecture characteristic of the early twentieth century.