Rogers Hall

Rogers Hall Construction, circa 1964

Rogers Hall, one of the two buildings in the Rogers Complex, is a residential dormitory catered to incoming freshmen located on the east side of Hampton Boulevard on 49th Street. Rogers Main, a three-story H-shaped building, houses approximately 300 students while another building, Rogers East, houses approximately 140 additional students.


Rogers Hall Swimming Pool, 1981

Prior to the early 1960s, ODU was a commuter school with no residential housing on campus for students. In September of 1964, Rogers Hall, named in honor of Crawford S. Rogers, a former president of Norfolk Shipbuilding and a member of the Advisory Board created by Lewis W. Webb, Jr., opened as the first dormitory at Old Dominion. With the growth of enrollment in the 1960s, a second dormitory, Gresham Hall, opened two years later in 1966. The original Rogers Hall contained a swimming pool for the students to enjoy but was drained and paved over by the mid 1980s.


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