Temple University’s oldest residence hall will be closing after the Spring 2017 Semester. The University put out a statement which says, in part, that “the University is evaluating the 60-year-old building to determine the future [of Peabody].”
The residence hall, which has around 290 beds, has garnered quite the reputation on campus: “I feel like it gets a bad rap until you give it a try; live in Peabody a few week, you start to really fall in love with it,” said former Peabody Hall RA Maddie Murphy. “I feel like it gets a bad rap.”
The charm of Peabody made itself evident to Peabody Resident Marvin Minalo. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll give [Peabody] a shot’ and it turned out to work out in my favor,” Minalo said.
It remains to be seen what will actually happen to Peabody Hall and what Temple plans to do with the space. The almost 300 beds will be dispersed through other campus residence halls by allowing freshman to apply to live in halls that are typically available only to Upperclassmen.
What is known is that Temple will not be the same without Peabody Hall.