Dey Hall was built in 1962 and is named in honor of William Morton Dey, a professor of romance languages and literature. Dey later became the chair of that department and served the university for forty years.
Backstory and Context
Dey hall was built by architects McMinn, Norfleet, and Wicker in 1962. William Morton Dey graduated from the University of Virginia. Dey went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, Dey studied French Romantic literature.
Dey joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as faculty in 1909 as a professor of romance languages and literature Dey went on to chair the romance languages and literature department for forty years. Dey Hall was originally built for the foreign language departments. Dey Hall now houses the English and Comp Literature, Germanic Slavic Language Literature, Linguistics, and Romance Studies Departments.
Dey Hall was the last building built on Polk Place. Dey Hall was built in a colonial revival design. All buildings in Polk Place are built in the same architectural design of colonial revival.
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