Washington Hall, the first and center building on the Colonnade, was built in 1824 and renovated in 2011 as part of the Colonnade restoration project. Washington Hall now houses administrative offices, the President’s Office, and the Philosophy department. Its original bricks were built from clay found on the campus grounds.
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The front campus of Washington and Lee University, designed by John Jordan, is known as "The Colonnade" and was declared and registered a National Historic Landmark--the highest distinction the Federal government can bestow on a private building or site--in 1972. W&L is only the third college campus in the country to be so designated. Washington Hall's classical Greek revival style was modeled in part on Thomas Jefferson's design for Virginia's Capital in Richmond. It is a three-story, red brick building with tall, handsome, white columns on its front facade. Two side buildings flank Washington Hall and provide symmetrical line of columns from which comes the name, Colonnade.