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Hoyt Hall
Hoyt Hall

Built: 1916

Currently Houses: Departments of English, Modern Languages

History

Built in 1916 as a dormitory, Hoyt Hall was named for the university’s first president, who had also served as a Wyoming territorial governor. The structure now houses academic offices. 

Hoyt Hall

In the spring of 1939, the university hosted a visit by famed poet Robert Frost. Following his visit, a room in the building which then housed offices for the Department of English, was renamed “Frost Library.”  

The story is told that English professor Wilson O. Clough was once lecturing here in a room on the ground floor. Seated casually on the sill of an open window, he leaned back while waving his arm to emphasize an important point. Suddenly, he lost his balance and tumbled backward out of the window and onto the lawn a few feet below. Unhurt, Clough’s head reappeared in the open window, much to the surprise of the astonished class. “As I was saying...” he said, continuing the point of his lecture without interruption. 

Hoyt died two years before the building was named for him. In all likelihood, he might have gained some satisfaction from the honor, for his parting from UW in December of 1890 was anything but amicable: He was fired by the trustees.

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