Built in 1975, 230 women call English Hall home. In English, rooms are arranged in a closed suite configuration, with three to four rooms connected to a common living area. Designed for larger-group interaction, each suite is shared by 6-10 women.
Once a month, the women of English gather in the lobby for “English Breakfast Tea” on Saturday mornings. Scones, tea, and coffee are provided while you listen to a special guest share about themselves and on a theme the hall director has chosen for the year.
Residents participate in events such as the Broomball pick-a-date, bake-off events, and Secret Turkey Week (similar to Secret Santa but for Thanksgiving). Our newest tradition is the Tower Games, a week long competition between each of the wings ranging from trivia to archery. English is also well known for its elaborate Open House events, especially at Christmas.
Namesake: Mary Tower English
Mary Tower English was the wife of Dr. Calvin English, a Fort Wayne physician and 1884 graduate of the Fort Wayne College of Medicine, which was a part of Taylor University from 1890-1893. English was a generous supporter and donator of her husband’s alma mater, and was a matriarch to one of Taylor’s most faithful philanthropic families. Today the English-Bonter-Mitchell family continues her legacy of generosity to Taylor, particularly through the support of campus building projects and scholarships.