Buildings @ Oakland University


Pryale Hall

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Quick Facts


Pryale House was the third residential student dormitory at OU. Like Anibal and Fitzgerald House, it was designed to create smaller, congenial groups and avoid big, impersonal dormitories. It was constituted of two wings of 48 students each, joined by a resident adviser's apartment. Unlike the other 2 halls, it was intended to be co-educational. A month-long strike of structural iron workers delayed its opening.

Pryale House has since been employed as faculty and staff offices, predominantly for the Psychology Department at Oakland University.  Psychology undergraduates or general education scholars will often find themselves heading over to Pryale Hall to serve as participants in graduate-level or faculty research projects, either as a class assignment or for extra credit.

Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.