Davis Hall

Opened in 1966, Davis Hall houses 281 first year students in single and double rooms.  The laundry room is located behind the mailbox area and includes high efficiency washers and dryers (only high efficiency detergent should be used with the washers).  The vending machines are located in the same area.

Room Sizes

  • Double w/Hallway - 11' 3" X 13'
    (Hallway 3' X 6' 6")
  • Double w/o Hallway - 11' 4" X 13"
  • Single - 11' 4" X 9' 5"


  • High efficiency washers & dryers

  • Vending machines

  • Wi-Fi and wired internet access with streaming cable service

Every student room includes:

Residence Hall History

Davis Hall opened in 1966.  It is named for the Reverend Emerson Davis (1799-1866).

In 1844, the Normal School in Barre, MA moved to Westfield.  The first class consisted of 23 men and 26 women.  Reverend Davis, born in Ware and educated in Williams, had been influential in promoting this move and was named to head the Westfield institution (his title then was 'Principal,' not 'President').  Two years later, Massachusetts, with pressure from Horace Mann and contributions from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, opened the Normal School, the College's first dedicated building.

It was not by accident that Davis Hall, which was the only men's residence hall for many years, was placed far away from Dickinson and Scanlon Halls, which were originally women's residence halls.

The unusual bathroom configuration in this hall was a product of its time, when visitors of the opposite sex were not allowed above the first floor of the building.  Another prominent feature of Davis Hall is the Commons Room.

Davis Hall went through a renovation of $8 million in 2014. New windows and flooring were installed in 2007. Davis received fire suppression system upgrades, and new bedroom ceilings and lightings in 2002. 

Davis Hall went through another renovation in 2016. This added an elevator and an additional tower to the building for lounge and study space.