Memorial Hall was built in 1920-1921 to commemorate the service of alumni and faculty who died in World War I and to be the center of student social life. Veterans of the First World War and subsequent wars are commemorated via a series of memorials, benches and foliage on and around the building. At one time, the building housed a variety of student organizations and sported a recreation room, a billiard room, and basement bowling alley. Funded largely from alumni donations and originally owned by the Alumni Association, Memorial Hall was deeded to the University in 1998. It now houses the Alumni and Development offices and is used for campus meetings and presentations.


  •  Memorial Hall exterior, ca. 1950s
    Memorial Hall exterior, ca. 1950s
  • Memorial Hall interior, ca. 1950s
    Memorial Hall interior, ca. 1950s
  • Memorial Hall exterior detail, ca. 1950s
    Memorial Hall exterior detail, ca. 1950s
  • Memorial Hall interior, ca. 1950s
    Memorial Hall interior, ca. 1950s
  •  Memorial Hall grounds, grey granite WWII flagpole memorial, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, grey granite WWII flagpole memorial, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, black granite Vietnam Memorial with class of 1968 bench, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, black granite Vietnam Memorial with class of 1968 bench, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Vietnam Memorial detail, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Vietnam Memorial detail, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1921 bench, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1921 bench, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, memorial benches for Debbie Boden (class of 2004) and Sharon M. Galligan, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, memorial benches for Debbie Boden (class of 2004) and Sharon M. Galligan, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1959 benches, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1959 benches, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1921 bench, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1921 bench, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1876 marker, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1876 marker, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1913 bench, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, Class of 1913 bench, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, POW memorial bench, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, POW memorial bench, 2017
  • Memorial Hall grounds, KIA and MIA benches, 2017
    Memorial Hall grounds, KIA and MIA benches, 2017

Also See: Memorial Hall

Constructed: 1920-1921

Architects: James H. Ritchie, Boston, Mass.

The brick walls and sandstone trim of Memorial Hall evoke an Italian Renaissance building design, as do the flat roof, the heavily decorated and bracketed cornices and eaves, and hood moldings over the windows. A grouping of three recessed and balustraded windows is echoed on the roofline.

Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the service of alumni and faculty who died in World War I and to be the center of student social life. Veterans of the First World War and subsequent wars are commemorated by a series of plaques and memorials. At one time, the building housed a variety of student organizations and sported a recreation room, a billiard room, and basement bowling alley. Funded largely from alumni donations and originally owned by the Alumni Association, Memorial Hall was deeded to the University in 1998. It now houses the Alumni and Development offices and is used for campus meetings and presentations.

Memorial Hall and the Student Union

Images in the University Archives depict plans for an expansion of Memorial Hall. Reference to these plans is also made in the 1950 Student Handbook. This expansion never came to pass as the University opted to construct a new student union instead.

Source

  • From Three Architectural Tours: Selected Buildings on the Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst(Amherst, 2000)
  • For additional information, consult the University Archives (RG 36/101).

Memorial Hall. YouMass. http://scua.library.umass.edu/youmass/doku.php?id=m:memorial_hall.

Wikipedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Memorial_Hall_UMass_5.JPG.