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Thomas Hall was opened in 1964 as an all male residence hall with a capacity of 488 beds. The building was comprised of two residential wings, with four floors on each side.The main level held offices, front desk operations, a community lounge, and dining facilities. The total cost for the construction of Thomas Hall was $2.4 million. The campus was continuing to grow, and residential living was becoming a huge trend both nationally and on EIU’s campus. This lead to the funding of residence hall construction through the sale of revenue bonds. Thomas Hall was the first of four halls in the south quad to be built with such funding.

Shortly after opening, Thomas Hall was the center of controversy based on student complaints about the physical structure. Students complained of bulletin boards coming unglued from the walls in the rooms, frequent false fire alarms from water leaking into the fire alarm system, and the portico on the front entrance having to be replaced. The small issues within the building were fixed and quickly forgotten about, and was ready for opening for the next academic year. Thomas did withstand the humors rumor that the building would be completely destroyed by its near 500 male occupants in a short amount of time.

Thomas residents enjoyed amenities which included a large color TV, very spacious lounges, and a dining hall in close proximity. At the time, Thomas Hall housed the most residents out of all residence halls on campus.The unique bond between the male residents of Thomas Hall and female residents of Andrews
Thomas Hall hall as been long standing. From sweetheart dances to the modern day “stoplight” dance, and combining strength and creativity to build homecoming floats together, the residents of the two buildings have always found a way to bond, far beyond just sharing a common dining center.