Green Amherst

Appleton Hall

Appleton Hall was converted in 1999 from an academic building into a first-year dormitory. Extensive renovations were required, including seismic upgrades to the building and the addition of an elevator. Much of the original structure was preserved, as was the original load-bearing masonry exterior of the building.

This was not the first adaptive reuse of this building, however. Originally named Appleton Cabinet, it was built in 1855 to house the expanding natural history collection, including the famed dinosaur footprints collected by Edward Hitchcock. It was later converted to an academic building before being converted into a dorm in 1999.