To return Washington College’s only dining and student center to prominence, a grim 1965 addition was demolished and a new addition was designed to bring more natural light, modern amenities, and campus connectivity to the facility. Integrating old and new, the design enhances and highlights the architecture of the original Hodson Hall, while projecting a contemporary image. Conceived as a set of bookends with a minimal modern link, the addition is comprised of a glass and slate central volume anchored by a traditional form opposite historic Hodson. The traditional aesthetic also responds to the historic character of the college and surrounding town. Entrances on the north and south create a new campus crossroads at the social heart of the college.

2010 Kent County Maryland Best Institutional Design Award

"[Hodson Hall is] another exemplary design effort by GWWO… It is rare that project teams come together as well as yours did with our campus and committees.” – Baird Tipson, retired President, Washington College


  • Traditional dining, coffee shop, indoor and outdoor dining spaces
  • Multipurpose performance venue, banquet space
  • Student lounges and study space, game room, offices
  • Sustainable design features