May 2014 Seminar Venue

suhall SU Hall. Picture courtesy of Dennis Futalan

The May 2014 Understanding Grief 2 venue is the Silliman Hall.  The Silliman Hall is the first building to be built in 1903, two years after the Silliman Institute (now Silliman University) was founded. it is a well-situated three-storey building at the corner of Rizal Boulevard and Silliman Avenue. The building is a model of American design and architecture fashioned like an old colonial mansion.

In 1901, the plans for the first building of the Silliman Institue was conceptualized by Dr. David S. Hibbard. For the first building of the institute, it is the students who were learning how to use the machines and foundry shop work who had done the construction. They were able to finish the building under the guidance and supervision of their shop teacher. Before the Silliman Church was finished, the ground floor of the building was used for most church gatherings and events, such as Sunday service, meetings and student activities.

During the Japanese occupation in the Philippines in the World War II, the Silliman Hall was used by the Japanese as a “jail” for the faculty and staff, Filipinos and Americans alike, who were capture in the mountains of Negros Oriental.

The Silliman Hall was decorated with cast-iron steel columns, used structurally, from the debris of a theater in the United States. It is the first building to use cast-iron for structural purposes. The roof was covered with corrugated galvanized sheets. The windows on the second level were wide. There were spacious verandas in the three sides of the building overlooking the east and south views of the sea.

The Victorian inspired details are more dominant but the capiz windows were reminiscent of the Bahay na Bato. The ground floor walls were made of stones and concrete, while the upper level was made of woods that were also imported from the United States. Due to its proximity to the sea, the cast-iron columns and the galvanized iron roof were constantly painted to protect it from its environment.

Note:  Article lifted in whole from the wikipilipinas webpage: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Silliman_Hall