Elliott Hall

Elliott Hall
1006 17th Street
Map | News | ID#: 0104


1940 Constructed
1974 Interior/exterior remodeling [3]


Elizabeth Elliott


Harry D. Payne


A.M. Campbell & Co. (Construction Contractor) (1940)
Bickley Furniture Co. (Furnishings) (1940)

Elliott Hall

A view to the northeast from Old Main in the 1936 Alcalde looks down the hill to "three high spots of the campus: the College Cleaners, the Co-Ed, and the Boys' Barn" - buildings and businesses built on the site of Elliott Hall.

Elliott Hall

Another view of the buildings along 17th Street located east of Belvin Hall.

Elliott Hall

The 1941 Alcalde includes a photograph of Elliott Hall during construction.

Elliott Hall

The front entrance to Elliott Hall is an architectural rarity on campus. And in case you forget where you are, the building's namesake is engraved atop the circular portico.

Elliott Hall

Elliott's rear entrance. Not as impressive - it's brick back here, too - but it gives you an idea of the parking limitations for north side residents.

Elliott Hall

Frank Cloud (1938-1994) was the director of University Housing from 1972-1990, during which he oversaw numerous renovation projects to the university's residence halls.


[1] Vision Realized (1970)
[2] Alcalde (1941)
[3] Houstonian (March 18, 1977)

Elliott Hall is a dormitory at the northwest corner of Avenue J and 17th Street. It was the third student residence constructed on campus and has remained women-only since its opening.

Prior to the construction of the dorm this corner was home to Mrs. Harry Mayís boarding house, the College Cleaners, and the Co-Ed, an apparent general store and meeting place.

Begun in 1940, the 1941 Alcalde says the residents of the new four-story dormitory "enjoy bed rooms finished in varying color schemes. The dining room of Belvin Hall is connected to the new dormitory and the girls in both halls use its facilities. These dormitories compare favorably with any in the state. [2]" A dedication plaque reads: "That out daughters may be cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace (Psalm 144:12)." [3]

Mrs. Ross "Mom" Harris was the first director, or dorm mother [3].

Inside were rooms for students and dorm assistants (precursors to residence assistants), a foyer for entertaining and socializing, and, on the "garden floor", another lounging area. Outside is a columned portico inscribed with the dormís namesake, a small yard where the two wings meet, and a covered walkway for access to Belvin-Buchanan and King halls.

For a time up to the mid-1970s the dorm was freshmen-only [3]. The 1964 Alcalde notes the dorm housed 148 girls; this number has decreased slightly over the years (134 by 2000, and 128 by 2010).

A memorial plaque to Frank Cloud, a former director of Housing and Food Services, was erected outside the southern entrance.

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