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An all male, four-story building sharing common facilities, including a front desk, with Stevenson and Lincoln Halls. 

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Lincoln and Powell-Norton Halls were completed in 1951.  Powell-Norton was renamed in April 2022 to honor Zella Powell and Ona Norton.  Zella Powell is believed to be EIU's first Black graduate, earning a degree from Eastern State Normal School in 1910. Ona Norton was the matriarch of a cherished Black family in Charleston, IL. in the 1950' s, in a time when it was difficult for students of color to find off-campus housing in Charleston.

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Quick Facts
Location: East of Student Recreation Center
Hall Type: All male
Capacity: 80 Residents
Room Types:

Doubles and Triples
Room Layout
Room Photos

A/C: Yes
Floors: 4 Residential Floors
Break Periods: Break Housing Offered

Joe Smith, Associate Resident Director
Catie Witt-Danner, Complex Director
4 Resident Assistants

Desk Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. to Midnight 
Sat: 10:00 a.m. to Midnight, Sun: Noon to Midnight

Service Assistant Application

Front Desk Number 217-581-5551
Mailing Address Room # Powell-Norton 
280 Grant Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920-3354
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Amenities:Work Order

  • Direct Internet Connection in Room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Community Kitchenettes
  • Semi-Private Bathrooms
  • TV Lounge
  • Study Lounges on each floor
  • Vending Machines
  • Cable Television Service
  • Laundry Facilities on the ground floor

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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