Cascadilla Hall

Built in 1866, Ezra Cornell and other investors built Cascadilla Hall on the edge of Cascadilla Gorge as a water cure sanitarium and school for women doctors. The idea was promoted by Dr. Samantha Nivison of Dryden, a graduate of the Female Medical College of Philadelphia (1855). Stone was quarried from Giant's staircase Falls below Central Avenue Bridge. Medina stone was used for the quoins, stringcourses, and window trim. The Second Empire style employed is evident in the corner pavilions and Mansard roof with dormers. Albany architects Nichols & Brown were to adopt this style for Morrill Hall. The water cure business failed and this building was impressed for university purposes. In the early years it housed students, faculty, administrative offices, and dining facilities. The two-story oriel window above the south entrance is a later improvement. A major renovation in 1981 removed the chimneys and added a floor to the Mansard roof.
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366 Residents
Upperlevel & Transfer Students


Open to transfer and upperlevel students

Located in Collegetown

Single and double rooms arranged along a corridor; floors are mixed gender

Lounges, study areas, a kitchen, a piano room, and laundry facilities

Houses the Service Center for all Collegetown area residence halls
For more information please visit: Cascadilla Service Center

Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting

Wireless Internet access

Cascadilla Hall rooms do not have air conditioning.


Cascadilla Hall has live-in staff on South Campus consisting of 10 RA's , and the Area Coordinator.  For more information on the Cascadilla Staff please visit:
South Campus Leadership Team


For more information please visit:
Housing & Residential Life Page