Gerberding Hall
Viewed from Odegaard Undergraduate Library in 1984, across Red Square
Former namesAdministration Building
General information
Architectural styleCollegiate Gothic
Town or citySeattle
CountryUnited States
Coordinates47°39′19″N 122°18′34″W / 47.65528°N 122.30944°W / 47.65528; -122.30944Coordinates: 47°39′19″N 122°18′34″W / 47.65528°N 122.30944°W / 47.65528; -122.30944
Named forWilliam Gerberding
OwnerUniversity of Washington
Design and construction
ArchitectVictor N. Jones and John T. Jacobsen

Gerberding Hall (formerly known as the Administration Building) is a building on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, United States.


The Administration Building was built in 1949 to house the University of Washington's administrative offices and was the first major structure erected on campus following World War II.[1][2] Constructed from a design by Victor N. Jones and John T. Jacobsen, it was built at a cost of $1,561,924.[1]

In 1995, the Administration Building was renamed Gerberding Hall in honor of former university president William Gerberding.[2] As of 2017, the building houses the office of the university's president.[3]


The building's tower
The building's tower

Located abutting Red Square, and constructed entirely of cast stone, Gerberding Hall is built in the collegiate Gothic style with its characteristic elements including gargoyles, pointed arches, towers, and gabled roofs.[1] Along its parapets are 25 sculptures by Dudley Pratt representing different academic disciplines; for example, a figure of the god Neptune on the building's east gable is intended to represent oceanography and fisheries science.[1] The structure is dominated by a central, square tower.[1] On the face of each of its sides is engraved the keys of Phi Beta Kappa.[1] The tower itself, originally intended to serve as a belfry, did not fulfill that purpose until 2008.[1][4] In that year, a set of eight bells – the Gordon Stuart Peek Foundation Memorial Bells – was installed which were designed to be operated by change ringing.[3][4] A shield bearing the visage of Herbert Condon in relief and the words "Friend of Youth" sits over the exterior doorway to the tower.[1][a]

Other sculptures on the building's exterior include a Siberian Husky and a man wearing academic gowns holding an adding machine and a money bag.[1]

The interior consists of two, three-story wings set at different ground levels, hinged at the central tower.[5]



  1. ^ Condon was the university's longtime dean of students.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Johnston, Norman (1995). The Fountain and the Mountain. Documentary Book Publishers. pp. 110-111. ISBN 0935503153.
  2. ^ a b Hall, Jessica (September 3, 2014). "UW Then & Now". University of Washington. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Visit Seattle and the UW" (PDF). University of Washington. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Quinton, Molly (November 27, 2017). "Kane Hall bells fulfill dream of UW alum". Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Historic Resources Survey and Inventory of the University of Washington Seattle Campus" (PDF). City of Seattle. Retrieved February 17, 2018.