Kathryn Denver Memorial Hall

Dedicated: 1925

One of the most distinctive of Wilmington College's buildings-and among its three oldest—Denver Hall has graced the northeastern corner of campus since its dedication in 1925.

The residence hall is named in memory of Kathryn Denver, a local girl who was killed by a train in 1918. The unique structure, with its red brick, colonial design and terraced porch, has been a favorite of Wilmington students for parts of eight decades.

Originally, the dormitory provided living quarters for 30 women, and its basement accommodated more than 300 for meals. Denver replaced neighboring Twin Ash Hall as the College's dining center and is remembered by many for its family style, home-cooked meals. In 1925, Denver Hall was touted as a state-of-the-art dormitory that featured an electric refrigerator and dishwasher.

The 1957 opening of Pyle Center for Students, with its expanded dining facilities, marked the end of that era in Wilmington College history. In recent years it has been used as a men’s, women’s or coed dormitory as housing needs dictate. Throughout the years, the 70-plus year-old building has retained its charm—as evidenced by its popularity with students and the special memories it holds in the hearts and minds of alumni.

Denver currently is home to 50 men and women. Denver has laundry and TV lounge facilities, a kitchen, a game room and vending machines. Each student room is furnished with desks or study tables, chairs, beds, dressers, and wardrobe closets. Each student room also has telephone and basic cable TV hookups. Each floor has a communal bathroom. Denver can house about 50 men and women on separate floors.