Johns Hopkins University
Fall/Winter 2007
Vol. 5, No. 1

 

PHOTO BY WILL KIRK/HIPS


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Mason Hall Opens

Mason Hall photo

The new "front door" to the Homewood campus officially opened wide on September 26, as Mason Hall welcomed its first campus visitors. Located at the southern end of campus, just off Wyman Park Drive, the new visitors center is home to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, formerly located in Garland Hall. Perched atop a 604-space underground parking garage, Mason Hall sits at the north end of the new Decker Quadrangle, which is formed by Clark Hall to the west, Garland Hall to the north, and the new Computational Science and Engineering building to the east.

"I love the fact that [Mason Hall] feels partly like a house, not just an office building," says Paula Burger, dean of undergraduate education. "It has pictures hanging on the wall, a library, comfortable seating-all elements that convey that this is a warm and welcoming place. Visitors can come in and, while they wait, grab a book from the library, sit down on a couch, and learn something about us."

Visitors walking into the entry hall find a space filled with Hopkins artifacts and displays highlighting information about the university, past and present. The first floor includes a living room, a library stocked with books about Johns Hopkins and by Hopkins faculty, a 125-seat auditorium, and boardroom for the Alumni Association. The second and third floors house meeting rooms, interview rooms, and office space for the Admissions Office.

Mason Hall's name honors the building's chief donors, Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, trustee emeritus and former chair-man of the university's board of trustees, and his wife, Rand.