As finals week (and first semester!) comes to a close, I thought I would share a bit about my favorite building on campus: Gilman Hall. Gilman is home to the humanities department here at Hopkins and is named after JHU’s first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. I had my Intro to the Museum and Italian class in Gilman this semester, and my intersession class – International Relations and the American Civil War – will be in Gilman as well.


Gilman Hall viewed from the Keyser Quad, photo from Hopkins Interactive


Gilman is basically the coolest place on campus for a couple of reasons. There is hella study space, between the very modern Atrium, the Hutzler Reading Room (which I am sitting in right now), and the cozy entranceway. Gilman is home to the Archeological Museum, where there are nearly 700 objects there (including a mummy). Gilman sits on the best quad on campus, Keyser Quad (sometimes called the Upper Quad) and is directly across from the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.


The Atrium, photo from the Baltimore Sun

I love Gilman because it embodies to me the epitome of university life. There is a certain hustle-and-bustle in the Atrium: professors are discussing their latest research and students are collaborating for clubs and projects. The Atrium is bright and spacious, and I can look up and see the bell tower. It’s actually a goal of mine to go up into the bell tower – even though students “aren’t allowed up there.” I can even hear the chimes from my shower in AMR II, which often tell me that I need to hurry up or I’ll be late for class. If you’re looking for a quieter area, the Hutzler Reading Room has comfortable couches and desks to work at, and has large windows to let in the light.

The Hutzler Reading Room, or "The Hut," photo from James Posey Associates

The Hutzler Reading Room, or “The Hut,” photo from James Posey Associates

Gilman is almost my home away from home. Not only am I here for class and meeting professors, I love to study and meet people here, either to work on something for class or just to chat. Gilman is this amazing synthesis of old and new: it was recently renovated in 2007, which gave us the Atrium with its glass ceiling, but the floor plan and classroom spaces are undoubtedly old-style university. This building was one of the things I fell in love with when I visited Hopkins my first time, and I think President Gilman and I are pretty tight now. You could say I am a Gilmore Gilman Girl.

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An actual photo of Daniel Coit Gilman & I.