Built in 1975, English Hall houses 230 women in rooms arranged in suites of three to four rooms connected to a common living area. Each suite is shared by six to ten 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 herself and 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). English Hall's newest tradition is Tower Games, a weeklong competition between the wings with contests ranging from trivia to archery. English is also 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 part of Taylor University from 1890-1893. English was a generous supporter of and donor to 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.