Snell-Hitchcock Hall

Snell Hall
Architect: Henry Ives Cobb
Built: 1893

Hitchcock Hall
Architect: Dwight Heald Perkins
Built: 1902

Located on the main quad, Snell-Hitchcock was built in the neo-Gothic style.

Snell Hall, originally inteded as a residence hall for men, was erected by Mrs. A. J. Snell as a memorial to her husband. When the hall was ready for occupancy in 1893 it was given over to Dean Talbot and women students who had been living in rented quarters in a 57th Street apartment house. The following autumn it passed to undergraduate men. From the beginning Snell Hall became a college social center. In early years the clubroom in the basement served for all such purposes as the Reynolds Club and Ida Noyes Hall later satisfied.

Charles Hitchcock was born in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, April 4, 1827. He was a descendant of Luke Hitchcock, who left England in 1644 and settled in New Haven. After graduation from Dartmouth College and the Dane Law School (of Harvard), Charles Hitchcock settled in Chicago, and served as chairman of the Constitutional Convention of 1870 and as County Commissioner in the uncertain days after Chicago's Great Fire. He was closely associated with the rapid development of the state of Illinois. On June 10, 1860, he was married to Annie McClure, who had come from Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Hitchcock moved in 1861 to their home at 4741 Greenwood Avenue — a street named by Mrs. Hitchcock. Mr. Hitchcock died May 6, 1881. In his memory his wife built the hall which bears his name, herself laying the cornerstone June 15, 1901. Informal talks by well-known speakers and Sunday afternoon teas were distinctive features of the House life in the early years of Hitchcock Hall.

Each House has four floors and there is no elevator. Both Houses are co-ed; Snell has one women-only floor, and Hitchcock has single sex sections for both men and women.

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Larry and Penny Rothfield

Resident Deans

Larry and Penny became Resident Deans in Autumn of 2001. For eight years they were the Resident Masters of the Shoreland Residence Hall. Once the Shoreland was decommissioned as a residence hall, they transferred to the Snell-Hitchcock community in Autumn of 2009.

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“Snitchcock very quickly became more than just a dorm to me -- it was home, and everyone there was my family. We argued over meals like family, we cuddled in the living room like family, and, most importantly, we were ridiculously comfortable with one another right from the start.”

—Alexa K., Class of 2015

Residence Hall Map

1009 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-5675

Getting Around

On the northwest corner of the main campus quadrangles, near the Regenstein Library, the Reynolds Club and Bartlett Dining Commons.

Total Hall Residents: 157

Room Arrangements

Hitchcock: singles, doubles, and two-room suites; average double is 12.5’ X 15’.

Snell: all singles (except for one two-room suite), about 9’ X 13’. Community baths on each floor or section.

Hitchcock House Sample Double Room Floor Plan

Snell House Sample Single Room Floor Plan


  • Large reading room with a baby grand piano and functional fireplace (Hitchcock)
  • Television lounge and oak-paneled tearoom (Snell)
  • These two communities share a common front desk in the Hitchcock entrance
  • Shared basement in which there is a recreation room, computer lab, and a community kitchen for each House