First called the Lyceum, Payne Hall was built in 1830 to add classrooms and offices to campus. In 1936, it was named for Judge Barton Payne, the major contributor to the Colonnade fireproofing and renovation. Payne was renovated in 2011 and today it houses the University's English department and Medieval Renaissance Studies program.
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Creative writing has been highly developed at Washington and Lee since the student days of the novelist Tom Wolfe '51. A sequence of four workshops is offered every year, with each limited to 12 students, and seminars and independent studies may be taken, as well. There are many prizes for student poetry and fiction.