Wengatz Hall, built in 1965, houses 300 men, making it one of Taylor’s largest residence halls, which allowed for an increase in enrollment. Wengatz follows a traditional residence hall layout with rooms lining both sides of a T-shaped corridor. Each of its three floors is divided into wings.
The residence hall has a tradition of unique and themed pick-a-dates, casual group dates, including Spring Fling, Canoeing, and Famous Couples pick-a-dates. Other hall and wing activities include the Wengatz Olympics each January, Wild West Week, Melon and Gourd, and more.
Namesake: John Wengatz
As a pioneer missionary to Africa for 42 years, Dr. John C. Wengatz, a 1909 Taylor graduate, dedicated his life to service through missions. Wengatz’s twenty years of work with his wife, Susan (Talbott, 1909 Taylor grad), in Angola and Liberia resulted in 36 churches, 44 schools, 12 parsonages, and the baptism of over 44,000 new believers. When Susan passed away in 1930, Wengatz remarried and in 1934, him and his second wife, Helen, began mission work in Liberia, the Congo, and Angola. Wengatz recognized the value in training indigenous church leaders, and sought to foster local leadership among the people he served. Wengatz led by example, keeping in frequent contact with his alma mater and encouraging other students to pursue mission work as he had. Wengatz joined the board of trustees in 1952, and later in life spoke often at Taylor, where his humble spirit and dedication to God won the respect and affection of the student body.