Lee Hall

570 Washington St. SW
Lee Hall
Lee Hall

Lee 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, Va.

  • 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.

Claudius Lee

Claudius Lee

Lee Hall was named for Claudius Lee, an 1896 alumnus whose affiliation with the Blacksburg college began in 1893 and ended in 1936. Hired to set up a physics laboratory, Lee took his pay in education. He became a professor of electrical engineering, superintendent of the Light Plant, and acting head of electrical engineering. He developed the college clock system, named The Bugle, and was an American Institute of Electrical Engineers Fellow and a Professional Engineer.

Building History

Construction on Lee Hall was started in 1965 and completed in fall 1966. 

During the 125th anniversary of Virginia Tech, students in a history class came across a page in the 1896 Bugle listing Lee as a leader in the campus chapter of the KKK. After a thorough investigation in 1997, it was determined that there was the potential that the organization was a hoax and that the hall name would not be changed. It was recognized that Lee's potential participation was reprehensible.The issue resurfaced in October 2004. The Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity was asked to look into the situation and develop a set of recommendations. This set of recommendations was approved in February 2005 and subsequently adopted by the University. The recommendations called for broader education on the subject of Claudius Lee and also for strengthening diversity efforts across the university.