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Matthews Hall

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At its dedication as a men's dormitory in 1920, the building was named A. J. Matthews Hall in honor of the distinguished Tempe Normal School president, Dr. Arthur John Matthews. Ten years later, it was renamed to honor the president's wife, allowing the new library building to bear Dr. Matthew's name as a tribute to his 30 years as president. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, Matthews Hall is the oldest intact dormitory on the ASU campus, but now houses the photography and art history areas. The building serves as space for classes in both areas, plus faculty offices, labs for students and more. 

Experience the space

Art History conducts seminars and small course offerings in Matthews Hall. The building also contains art history faculty offices as well as office space for teaching assistants.

Photography facilities include a black and white darkroom, an experimental photography lab, faculty offices and a classroom in the building. The Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, under the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is also located in Matthews Hall.


Paid parking is available west of the building, in Lot 20, or at the metered spaces along Myrtle Avenue. Learn more about parking on campus

 School of Art virtual and audio tours

View our galleries and facilities by taking a virtual or audio tour.