Schenley Quadrangle
Schenley Quadrangle is a cluster of University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of...

 residence halls that is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
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 Historic Landmark and are contributing properties
Contributing property
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 to the Schenley Farms National Historic District
Historic district (United States)
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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, Pennsylvania
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, United States
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The five residence halls are the former historic Schenley Apartments, designed by Henry Hornbostel
Henry Hornbostel
Henry Hornbostel was an American architect.He designed more than 225 buildings, bridges, and monuments in the United States; currently 22 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places...., with collaboration from Rutan & Russell and Eric Fisher Wood, for developer Franklin Nicola
Franklin Nicola
Franklin F. Nicola was an American real estate developer.In the early 20th century he promoted and developed a civic center plan for the Oakland district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—miles away from the city's smokey, congested downtown—as a new center for culture, art, and education....

 and were built between 1922 and 1924 at a cost of more than $4.5 million ($ in dollars). Originally, the Schenley Apartments were home of Pittsburgh's well-to-do, including for a time its architect Henry Hornbostel, and consisted of 1,113 rooms in 238 apartments throughout the five buildings. The University acquired them in December 1955 at a cost of $3 million ($ in dollars), and renovated them into residence halls for another $1 million $ in dollars). By 1957-1958 101 female students had moved into 20 apartments in Building F (now called Brackenridge Hall).;cc=pittmiscpubs;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=Schenley%20Apartments;rgn=full%20text;idno=00c50130m;didno=00c50130m;view=image;seq=0283;cc=pittyearbooks;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=Schenley%20Apartments;rgn=full%20text;idno=1958e49702;didno=1958e49702;view=image;seq=0037

Schenley Quadrangle consists of five residence halls: Amos Hall, Brackenridge Hall, Bruce Hall, Holland Hall, and McCormick Hall.

Amos Hall

Amos Hall houses nine sororities, each floor houses a separate sorority. There are 152 upperclass women residents living in sorority suites which feature a kitchen, bathrooms, living room, and chapter room. Laundry facilities are in the penthouse. Amos Hall also features a fitness center that is available to all residents of Schenley Quadrangle. In November 2008, Pitt approved a $9.1 million renovation of Amos Hall which included air conditioning, updated energy-efficient electrical and water systems, and new bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens that were redesigned to be compatible with the pre-existing architectural structure. Completed and reopened for the 2009 fall term, the input of each sorority gave every floor its own style.

A PNC Bank
PNC Financial Services
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 branch on the street level of the building offers student banking services and an 24-hour ATM
Automated teller machine
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The building is named for the University's dean of women from 1919 to 1941, Thrysa W. Amos.;cc=pittmiscpubs;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=Amos;rgn=full%20text;idno=00c50130m;didno=00c50130m;view=image;seq=0202;cc=pittmiscpubs;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=Amos;rgn=full%20text;idno=00afj8718m;didno=00afj8718m;view=image;seq=0599

Brackenridge Hall

Brackenridge Hall houses 210 mostly upperclass men and women in four- and five-person suites. Each suite features a MicroFridge and a private bathroom. There are also a few single and double rooms that do not include a MicroFridge. Laundry facilities are located in the penthouse.

The Pitt Shop, a University owned store selling University of Pittsburgh branded clothing and merchandise, is on the street level of the building.

The building is named for the founder of the University, Hugh Henry Brackenridge
Hugh Henry Brackenridge
Hugh Henry Brackenridge was an American writer, lawyer, judge, and justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.A frontier citizen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he founded both the Pittsburgh Academy, now the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Gazette, still operating today as the...


Bruce Hall

Bruce Hall houses 212 men and women, primarily upperclass students, in four- and six-person suites. The building is named for the first chancellor after the University was renamed from the Pittsburgh Academy to the Western University of Pennsylvania, Robert Bruce
Robert Bruce (Pitt Chancellor)
Reverend Doctor Robert Bruce is often regarded as the first chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, then called the Western University of Pennsylvania, serving from 1819 to 1835 and again from 1836 to 1843, although for his first term he had the title "Principal" and for his second term the...

. Bruce Hall served as a university office building until those offices were moved into Posvar Hall thereby allowing Bruce Hall to be converted into housing suites beginning in 1978.

Basement and First Floor
The basement and first floor of Bruce Hall are actually on the street level with Forbes Avenue
Forbes Avenue
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, and are rented out to The UPS Store
The UPS Store
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 and 7 Eleven.

Second Floor
The second floor is the main entrance for residents, as well as the location of the University of Pittsburgh Residence Life offices.

Third Floor
The third floor houses the sorority Theta Phi Alpha
Theta Phi Alpha
Theta Phi Alpha women's fraternity was founded at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor on August 30, 1912. Theta Phi Alpha is one of 26 national sororities recognized in the National Panhellenic Conference...


Fourth through Eleventh Floors
The fourth through eleventh floors are entirely student suites. Each floor has 6 suites, 5 4-person suites and 1 six-person suite with laundry facilities on each floor. The 6-person suites on the upper floors have an exceptional view of the Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning
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, Schenley Plaza
Schenley Plaza
Schenley Plaza is a public park serving as the grand entrance into Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The plaza, located on Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive in the city's Oakland district, includes multiple gardens, food kiosks, public meeting spaces, a carousel, and a prominent "Emerald...

, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are four museums that are operated by the Carnegie Institute headquartered in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...

 out of the common room's windows.

Twelfth Floor
The twelfth floor is home to the University's catering service, as well as a meeting room in suite 1201 reserved for activities held by the President or Vice President of the University. It was usually impossible to get to the twelfth floor without an elevator key, although recently access to the twelfth floor has not been as restrictive as in the past.

A five bedroom, four-bath suite on the twelfth floor of Bruce Hall also once served as the University's chancellor residence.

The Ghost of 1201 Bruce Hall
Many students and university employees, as well as various outside sources, believe that a ghost
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 or two haunts the 1201 suite of Bruce. The owner of the Schenley Apartments once lived with his family on the twelfth floor. Rumor has it that his mistress and/or wife committed suicide in the 1201 by either hanging herself or throwing herself out the window.
Students and staff have reported hearing footsteps in the stairwells and the halls, as well as a woman's voice, while some have reported poltergiest-like activity. Others have heard stories of the elevators not stopping on their floor, and continuing up to the twelfth floor and refusing to go back down. Traditionally referred to as "Harriet," the ghost, for which Pitt staff have even hung Christmas stocking
Christmas stocking
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s for, has only been known to visit the 12th floor, the 11th floor, and suite 8A on the 8th floor, where she is said to have lived.

Holland Hall

Holland Hall is divided into two wings, North and South, and houses 600 upperclass and first-year women in single, double, triple, and quad accommodations. There is a kitchenette
A kitchenette is a small cooking area.In motel and hotel rooms, small apartments, college dormitories, or office buildings a kitchenette usually consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave oven or hotplate, and, less frequently, a sink...

 on each floor as well as communal bathrooms and showers. The penthouse features a lounge, study area, and laundry facilities. It originally served as a men's dormatory.

Since January, 1960, The University Book Center has been located on the ground floor of Holland Hall, accessible from either the Schenley Quadrangle or from Fifth Avenue. At the time of its opening, it was hailed as the largest college bookstore in the nation.

Holland Hall is named after University Chancellor William Jacob Holland
William Jacob Holland
William Jacob Holland was the eighth Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. He was an accomplished zoologist and paleontologist, as well as an ordained Presbyterian minister.-Life:Holland was born August 16, 1848 in Jamaica, West Indies, the...

, who led the University from 1891 to 1901 when it was known as the Western University of Pennsylvania.

McCormick Hall

McCormick Hall houses 132 mostly upperclass men and women in two-, three-, five-, and seven-person suites. Each suite features a kitchenette with refrigerator and one or more private bathrooms. Laundry facilities are available in the penthouse. Adjoining McCormick Hall is the William Pitt Union
William Pitt Union
The William Pitt Union is the student union building of the University of Pittsburgh main campus and is a Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark...

McCormick Hall is named after Samuel B. McCormick
Samuel McCormick
Samuel Black McCormick was the ninth Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.His administration is best known for changing the name of the university and moving and expanding it from Allegheny City to its current location in Oakland...

 who served as University Chancellor from 1904-1921 during which time the University moved from Pittsburgh's North Side
Northside (Pittsburgh)
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 to its current location in Oakland
Oakland (Pittsburgh)
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 and also changed its name from the Western University of Pennsylvania to the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of...



When still the Schenley Apartments, the buildings were simply named "A", "B", "C", "D", and "F". After their acquisition by the university for student residences, they were eventually renamed for important figures in the university's history.

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