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Devereux Hall was named after Nicholas Devereux, who along with Bishop Timon of Buffalo, set out to bring Franciscan missionaries to the Southern Tier Region of Western New York. Devereux donated 200 acres of land that helped to lay the seeds of the future St. Bonaventure University. Devereux Hall was built in 1927 and was a testament to the ever-expanding St. Bonaventure University. The primary purpose of Devereux Hall is as a dormitory, but it also houses a theater. Devereux Hall used to house a small chapel. Devereux Hall is located at the center of the campus, but it is also the heart of the St. Bonaventure campus.


  • Devereux Hall

Devereux Hall is the main dormitory on St. Bonaventure University’s beautiful campus. It is named after Nicholas Devereux, who contributed 200 acres of land to help bring Franciscan missionaries to the underprivileged area surrounding the university. This, along with the Franciscan influence greatly inspired the construction of Devereux Hall in 1927. The building was designed by Oakley and Schlamo who built the building with “The most enduring of materials.” This massive dormitory can house over 500 students when it is utilized to its maximum capacity. The building is designed to look like a 16th century Spanish Monastery in a style known as Italian Transitional Style. This design was chosen on purpose as an attempt to emulate the era when the Franciscans were best known for their missionary work throughout the New World.

The exterior of Devereux Hall is adorned with beautiful ivy plants and numerous plaques that reflect the values of St. Bonaventure University. Some of these plaques include plaques for Mathematics, Music, Grammar, Ben Franklin, Cardinal Gibbons, Olean, Ellicottville, and New York State. These plaques all reflect an individual element that is crucial to the make up and beliefs of the University. Devereux Hall has remained the heart of student residential life since its construction in the 1920s. The building has been home to many controversies that helped the university evolve and grow with the time, such as becoming a co-ed dorm and the rumors of an exorcist in the building. Devereux Hall is icon of St. Bonaventure University and the University would not be the same without it.

Over the years, Devereux Hall has evolved and changed as needed. Devereux Hall has always functioned as a dormitory for a large portion of the St. Bonaventure University student population, but it has also had a few other roles. Originally, Devereux Hall housed a small chapel. This chapel made Devereux Hall the spiritual heart of campus as it allowed students a place to reflect. Now, the former chapel is the Garret Theater. The Garret Theater houses many productions of the performing arts on campus.

Devereux Hall. University Archives, St. Bonaventure University. St. Bonaventure, NY.

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Devereux Hall. University Archives, St. Bonaventure University. St. Bonaventure, NY.