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Hoge Hall

570 Washington St. SW
Hoge Hall
Hoge Hall

Hoge Hall is a residence hall for 811 co-ed students. It has two theme housing programs, Galileo and the Hypatia Women in Engineering Learning Community. The building contains eight floors plus a penthouse and is the tallest point in Blacksburg, Virginia.

  • Galileo focuses on issues that engineers face in the growing competitive marketplace. First-year college students can apply to live in the community and are encouraged remain in the community beyond their first year. The program is a full academic year commitment.
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  • The Hypatia community brings together female engineering students to provide encouragement and support. First-year college students can apply to live in the community and are encouraged remain in the community beyond their first year. The program is a full academic year commitment.

Janie and William Hoge

The late Janie and William Hoge were a local African American couple who played a critical role in the success and well-being of the first African American students attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the 1950s.

Born in the 1880s to formerly enslaved parents, the Hoges hosted Irving L. Peddrew III when he arrived in Blacksburg in 1953. From 1953 through 1959, the Hoges hosted several young men who had been admitted as engineering undergraduates but who, on racial grounds, were denied housing on campus. Their care and support of these students played an essential role in facilitating the beginnings of African American enrollment at Virginia Tech. The last of the original six to attend Virginia Tech, Matt Winston and Essex Finney, graduated the fall of 1959. Mrs. Hoge died the following June 1960. Mr. Hoge then moved with his son in Norfolk and died in 1964.

Building History

Construction on the building was started in 1965 and completed in fall 1966. The building was named Hoge Hall in 2020. It had formerly been called Lee Hall.

Originally Built:
1966
Map Grid:
N-7
Abbreviation / Number:
/ 030
Coordinates:
37.22454, -80.41846