University History

Gray Court

Gray Court

Site: South side of Westhampton Lake, between North Court and Heilman Dining Hall
Completed: August, 1974
Dedication: October 18, 1974
Architect: Carneal & Johnston
Size: 65,000 square feet

Gray Court is named in honor of Agnes Taylor Gray, a Westhampton College graduate, class of 1923. When it was built, it was the third Westhampton College residence hall. Gray Court was the gift of Richmond trustee and former state senator Garland Gray, in memory of his late wife, whom he had met while they were students on campus. Garland Gray was a 1921 graduate of Richmond College majoring in history. The dedication on October 18, 1974 was attended by their children, Anne Garland Tullidge, Westhampton College class of 1977, and Bruce B. Gray, School of Business Administration class of 1975. They unveiled the plaque dedicating the building to their mother. The dedication address was delivered by Virginia Governor Mills E. Godwin, Jr. The ceremony was held on the Westhampton Green facing Gray Court. An open house and guided tours were available afterwards.

Even though the schedule was tight the building was complete enough in fall 1974 for freshmen women to move in on schedule. The new residence hall featured air conditioning, suite rooms joined by bathrooms, and a number of lounges. Cost of construction was approximately $2.2 million. The grounds behind Gray Court were landscaped as the 50th reunion gift of the Westhampton College class of 1925. Mr. and Mrs. Steward Chalifoux were the first head residents. Mr. Chalifoux was studying at the T. C. Williams School of Law.

Built as a women’s residence, Gray Court became a men’s hall in August 2002. It is the largest residence for men, housing nearly 300 students in suite-style accommodations. Two double rooms share a bathroom. The front of Gray Court overlooks Westhampton Green and completes the square of buildings surrounding it.

Sources:

Rosenbaum, Claire Millhiser. A Gem of a College: The History of Westhampton College, 1914-1989
UR website
VBHS building file