Kulp Hall was built in 1906 as a women’s dormitory and dining hall. As the oldest residence hall on campus, it holds a special place in many students’ memories of their college experience. It was home to the first recorded campus prank: a late-evening deposit of three sheep in the second floor hallway by male students on April Fool’s Day, 1907. The balconies are another attraction. Legends tell of pranks galore, a perch for spotting sweethearts and weekly outdoor hymn sings.
Today, Kulp Hall is a coed residence for upper-class men and women on different floors and houses 68 students, mostly in double rooms. Students in Kulp have the easiest access to the campus dining hall in Westlawn, which is good news for those who don’t want to face winter weather first thing in the morning. Kulp is a combination of old and new. While original woodwork, oak floors and balconies retain the flavor of this historic building, lounges located on the 2nd and 3rd floors include kitchen, electronic equipment and homelike furnishings. The windows have mini-blinds for privacy. New windows and a fire-safety sprinkler system make it modern by safety standards; plumbing and heating systems and bathrooms are also up-to-date. Average Kulp room dimensions are 11′ 9″ x 10′ 5″ for a single room and 15′ 2″ x 9′ 10″ for a double room. The laundry room is in the basement.