University Residence Halls

Panoramic View of Benson, Clerc, and Carlin

A panoramic view of Benson Hall, Clerc Hall, and Carlin Hall.

Our University residence halls are named after prominent figures in the histories of Gallaudet, the Deaf Community, and the Deaf Education field.

We have five residence halls, the newest one being the Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6), on campus. The oldest residence halls are Ballard North and Ballard West, erected in 1965.

BALLARD RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX

The Ballard Residential Complex is composed of two residence halls, Ballard North and Ballard West, that are very similar in design and square footage with some unique characteristics. Both residence halls have a winding and open stairway from the fourth floor to the first floor and were the first residence halls to have central air-conditioning.

  1. Both residence halls were originally named Cogswell Hall and Krug Hall. It was renamed in 2002 to the Ballard Residential Complex named for Melville Ballard who was the first undergraduate student to receive a degree from Gallaudet College in 1866.
  2. Both residence halls were built in 1965.
  3. The former Cogswell and Krug Halls were named after Alice Cogswell and Walter Krug. Alice Cogswell was Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet's first deaf pupil. Walter Krug was an educator, dean, and friend of Gallaudet students.
  4. Ballard North is a residence hall for students of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD).
  5. Ballard West is a University residence hall and it houses upperclassmen.

BENSON HALL

Benson Hall is the University's first residence hall designed for co-ed living. Built in 1972 and is named after Elizabeth English Benson, a well-known educator and advocate for the deaf. Benson was a child of deaf adults (CODA) and gained recognition as a well-known interpreter who signed beautifully. She taught audiology and lipreading to graduate students and is considered a pioneer in the field of hearing evaluation. She interpreted for prominent individuals such as Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Cardinal Francis Spellman, Members of Congress, and government officials. Benson also served as a First Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II and also attended law school so she could overcome her frustration with legal jargons and procedures while interpreting for deaf people in the courtroom. She was the Dean of Women, succeeding Elizabeth Peet in 1950. This residence hall houses first-year students.

CARLIN HALL

Carlin Hall, the largest residence hall on campus built in 1979, is named after John Carlin, a prominent deaf artist who wrote poetry and children's stories. He wrote a famous poem, The Mute's Lament and The Stratchsides Family, a well-known children's book. He also gave lectures on various subjects and wrote columns in many leading publications for the Deaf. He played a major role in influencing Edward Miner Gallaudet to establish a college on Kendall Green, as our University is affectionally called, and because of that role, he became the first deaf person to be awarded an honorary degree from Gallaudet. This residence hall houses graduate students and some upperclassmen.

CLERC HALL

Clerc Hall is the first co-ed residence hall built in 1971. Named after Laurent Clerc, the first deaf teacher in the United States, the first deaf person to appear before the Congress of the United States to talk about establishing deaf public schools, and the first deaf person to receive an honorary Masters' degree from Trinity College. Clerc came from the French village of LaBalme. His family believed that he became deaf as a result of falling from his highchair into the kitchen fire where his right cheek was burned, hence the use of two fingers brushing across the right cheek in sign language. He came to America with Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet to teach for 40 years at the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Hartford, Connecticut. This residence hall houses upperclassmen.

LIVING AND LEARNING RESIDENCE HALL 6 (LLRH6)

The Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6) is the newest addition to University housing. Built in 2012, LLRH6 is the first environment-friendly residence hall. A five-story residence hall with an emphasis on DeafSpace with a warm and welcoming feeling for residents. Built through an Integrated/Design Build Process where architects, builders, and university stakeholders were involved. LLRH6 is the first residence hall to have an exercise room for exclusive use by the residents. Please visit the Gallaudet Living and Learning Residence Hall to learn about the Integrated Design/Build process from the Campus Design and Planning Office. This residence hall houses second-year students and some upperclassmen.

FACULTY ROW

Ballard House, Fay House, and, Denison House, in the University's Historic District, as part of Faculty Row are named after prominent Gallaudet figures such as Melville Ballard, Charles Fay, and James Denison.

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