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Encyclopedia > Healy Hall
Healy Hall amid the autumn foliage
Healy Hall amid the autumn foliage

Healy Hall is a classroom and office building at Georgetown University. It holds the Office of the President, John J. DeGioia, as well as the offices of the Department of Philosophy and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. The building was built during the presidency of Patrick Healy, for whom it is named. Image File history File linksMetadata Healy_Hall2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Healy_Hall2. ... Georgetown University is a private university in the United States. ... John J. Jack DeGioia (b. ... Philosopher in Meditation (detail), by Rembrandt. ... Ethics (from Greek ἦθος meaning custom) is the branch of axiology, one of the four major branches of philosophy, which attempts to understand the nature of morality; to distinguish that which is right from that which is wrong. ... Patrick Francis Healy Healy Hall at Georgetown University was named in honour of Patrick Francis Healy Father Patrick Francis Healy (February 2, 1834 - January 10, 1910) was born in Macon, Georgia to Irish-American plantation owner Michael Healy and mulatto slave Mary Eliza. ...


The construction of the building from 1877 to 1879 dramatically increased the amount of classroom and living space - at the time it was also used as a dormitory - of what was then a small liberal arts college. The construction also left the university deeply in debt and in possession for years of an enormous pile of dirt as a result of the excavation, with no funds to remove it. As a result of the debts, Gaston Hall, a 780-seat auditorium on the third and fourth floors that was named for William Gaston, the university's first student, would not be completed until 1909. 1877 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... William Gaston (September 19, 1778 - January 23, 1844) was a United States Representative from North Carolina. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


A tradition at Georgetown involves students stealing the clock hands from the tower and mailing them to the Vatican, where they are supposed to be simply stamped 'return to sender' and returned to the university. One such incident caused significant damage to the clock mechanism, however, and security has been increased as a result in recent years, decreasing the incidence of the theft.


The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


 
 

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