Self-Guided Tour of L.R. Wilson Hall

It’s exciting watching a new building being built. For years a flurry of activity surrounds the project. As McMaster University’s newest building nears completion the sounds of construction have begun to subside. At 150,000 square feet, L.R. Wilson Hall Liberal Arts Building provides main campus with more space for student amenities, offices, research, and McMaster’s Indigenous Studies Program.

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Exterior of L.R. Wilson Hall looking North

The building will house McMaster’s Social Science and Humanities programs. Students in these programs will benefit from the buildings 350-seat concert hall, 150-seat theatre, and 400-seat lecture hall. Bright common spaces and a variety of study spaces gives students quiet areas to learn and relax. L.R. Wilson Hall’s design promotes a connection to the natural environment by an interior courtyard and landscaped plaza above the lecture hall.

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Student Amenities in L.R. Wilson Hall

A modern design that draws from mid-century architecture gives the impression that L.R. Wilson has been that for decades. Neutral brick tones and a sloping green roof on the east side of the building blend well with the existing houses on Forsythe. Its geometric design gives the building some unique architectural forms. The neural bricked podium contrasts well with the metal clad tower above.

Touring the building it’s easy to see that this building will become a community hub for students on campus. Lecture halls and study spaces are bright and modern. The Common spaces are quiet and filled with natural light. The inner-courtyard, my favorite design element, provides students with a relaxing place to escape while studying.

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Exterior of L.R. Wilson Hall looking East

It’s always exciting seeing a new building completed. What do you think about the newest building on McMaster’s Campus?  

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  1. I’m one of the students that gets to benefit from this building… yay! It is just as nice as the pictures, I love it. It’s so clean and new. Have you visited the building?

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  2. I did get a chance to visit the building! It was great seeing how bright and clean the new building is! Its amazing that this building seems like it’s been there for years! 🙂

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