Rolfs Hall Rolfs Hall:  Horticulture Building


Completed in 1927, the Horticulture Building was designed by University Architect William Edwards to meet the growing needs of University of Florida’s agricultural programs. It housed the Agricultural Extension Service, the State Plant Board, and the Agricultural Experiment Station as well as classrooms. Rolfs Hall reflects its Gothic heritage in its random balance of gable dormers and projecting oriel bay windows headed by checker-work parapets. Between dormers, the roof parapet is pierced with quatrefoils and diamond lozenges with rosette centers. Plaques of floral motifs and a beehive reflect the Department of Horticulture’s studies.

Character Defining Features


  • SCALE camera
  •           3-1/2 stories

  •           L shape plan with projecting oriel bays

              Central chimney

  • ROOF
  •           Gable roof

              Shed dormers

  •           End on long side of rectangle

  • WINDOWS camera
  •           6 over 6 light paired

              6 over 6 light in groups of four

              Aluminumm replacement sash

  • MATERIALS camera
  •           Brick is English Bond

              Rowlock arches

              Flat light red clay tiles

              Copper downspouts with square brackets and leader heads

  •           Cast stone lintels and sills

              Quoins at windows

              Balustrade with quatrefoils with inset floral medallions

              Cornice line with cast square panels of floral

              Water table half round with bulging torus

  •           Faces street and forms defined exterior space between wings


    Rolfs Hall


    Architect:  William Augustus Edwards, completed by Rudolph Weaver

    Building Name:  Peter Henry Rolfs, director of the Agricultural Extension and the Experiment Station


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