ShutterButtonNovember 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

ShutterButton: Hey, Hayden Hall

Recognize this building at all? Nobody ever does! Originally built as Dental Hall in 1896, this building once served as the School of Dental Medicine. Push came to shove, someone donated, blah blah, and we flashfoward to 1915 when this building became The School of Fine Arts. Take that, rewind it back (foward), and the hall was renamed Hayden Hall. The Department of Geology was established here, as well as the Department of Bioengineering, and the building continued to thrive relatively unnoticed by the student body. Check out the University Archives for more cool photos like this one.

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By RunRunAway on November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Sketchiest looking place ever. No wonder people have dental phobia, I’d be shaking walking into that building.

By Robert Giegengack on November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

The building now known as Hayden Hall was constructed as the Dental School in 1867; the South Annex was added in 1895. When the Dental School moved elsewhere, the building became the home of programs in the Graduate School of Fine Arts. Geology moved from College Hall to the basement of the Fine Arts building in the early 1960s. When Fine Arts moved into what is now Meyerson Hall, Geology moved upstairs. The building was named Hayden Hall in 1965, on the 100th anniversary of the appointment of Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden to the Penn Faculty. The South Annex of Hayden Hall was renovated in 1973 to accommodate growing programs in Geology. In 1984-85, the South Annex was renovated again to house the Geology Program as Bioengineering in SEAS moved into the north side of Hayden Hall.

The Geology Program at Penn was established in the Medical School in 1835, long before any part of Hayden Hall was built. Geology at Penn was the first formally designated Geology Program in the USA.

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