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What does the future hold for Woodbridge Hall?

Mark Alden Branch ’86

Mark Alden Branch ’86

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From the time it was built in 1901, Woodbridge Hall has been not only an address but a metonym for Yale’s top administration—like 10 Downing Street or the White House. But for nearly six years, Woodbridge has been largely empty. The president’s and secretary’s offices moved to Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona in 2018 during construction of the Schwarzman Center, and it’s now uncertain if and when they will return to Woodbridge. The building has accessibility and ventilation issues, and vice president Jack Callahan Jr. ’80 says its layout is “a bit challenging.” Callahan says the decision about the building’s future use should be made by the university’s next president.

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