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Bruce Hall

Definition: Bruce Hall houses 214 men and women, primarily first-year 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.
Bruce Hall houses 214 men and women, primarily first-year 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.
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Bruce Hall (left), as seen from the Fifth Avenue side of the William Pitt Union (right), is one of the Schenley Quadrangle residences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bruce Hall houses 214 men and women, primarily first-year 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.   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, and are rented out to The UPS Store 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.

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, Schenley Plaza, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 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.

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