Student at the Ryland Hall patio
Richmond’s humanities disciplines have a new home.
Photograph by Jamie Betts

What's old is new

January 30, 2022


The building christened as Ryland Hall in 1914 now has its first major addition. The university completed construction of the Humanities Center, a new wing, and renovated the entire facility in time for the start of the fall semester.

It is the biggest change to the building since its conversion from a library to faculty offices after the construction of Boatwright Memorial Library in 1955. The project added a centralized hub for the humanities, an archaeology lab, a patio, a display space for the Ancient World Gallery, and multiple interior upgrades.

And yes, the great hall is preserved and as beautiful as ever.