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The construction of Douglas Hall began in early 1951 and began housing students on September 8th, 1952. Douglas Hall was the first residence hall at Eastern Illinois University to house men as the student population grew and the need to provide housing for all students arose. The original occupancy for Douglas was 194 beds. Much like Lincoln, Douglas had amenities including a separate dining room, recreational rooms, kitchenettes, common floor lounges, and laundry facilities. In order to live in Douglas, students were required to meet with the Dean of Men and put down a $10.00 deposit.

In its first year, and each year since, Douglas has housed men who have interests in athletics. In 1952-53 Douglas housed three intramural sports teams including football, tennis and basketball. The residents of Douglas also enjoyed spending time with the ladies of Lincoln and joined them for events such as building the Homecoming floats, house decorations, Wednesday visitation nights, and a Christmas social.


In summer 2009 the traditional community bathrooms were replaced with semi-private “pod” style bathrooms. With this bathroom style students can enjoy the privacy of a shower and toilet behind a closed door with a community sink area. The cost of this project was approximately $3.5 million.