Dallas Hall

Don’t reinvent the wheel, er, rotunda.

Dallas Hall is the architectural “face” of Southern Methodist University (SMU), with its rotunda featured in the school’s logo and practically every official video. But what many may not realize is that the 1915 building is modeled after the library at the University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson and inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Dallas Hall was so-named in honor of the city’s financial contribution, and has housed everything from the expected offices and classrooms to a soda fountain, bookstore, and even a “secret” apartment rumored to have been for the university’s first football coach. The first and oldest building on SMU’s campus, Dallas Hall continues to be used for both student’s convocations and graduations.

For more information, visit: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/About/Facilities

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