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A Place Where the Past Meets the Present

Sewanee: The University of the South Ayres Hall

Sewanee, TN

The new LEED Silver certified residence hall stands on the former location of Van Ness Hall on the edge of Alabama Ave. on Sewanee’s iconic campus. Much care was given to incorporate Sewanee’s rich history – the first floor common room fireplace is built from stones re-purposed from the Van Ness exterior. Ayres is home to 114 students living in double and single rooms. Each wing has two hall baths and each floor has one single-use bath. The closets, built in the wall, are without doors, avoiding wear and tear.

Gathering Spaces
Common rooms have been incorporated into the first and third floors, creating living rooms and den-like spaces with comfortable and flexible seating. The third floor common room is equipped with cable television and a large projector screen for movie nights. While the large-space format is capable of accommodating a large group, often students equally love the small-spaces that can easily be created within the large space.

Student Amenities
The residence hall kitchen, furnished with stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and sink, is located on the first floor. A grill is located on the back patio for students. There is a study room on each wing of each floor. Laundry machines and indoor bike storage are located on the first floor while a covered bike shed is just outside the building. Students enjoy mountain temperatures much of the year taking advantage of the many porches equipped with rocking chairs.