On behalf of the Meredith Hall staff and student organization, the RX Club, hello and welcome. We are pleased to know that you are interested in residence hall accommodations at Purdue University. Meredith Hall houses approximately 620 undergraduate students. Our building is three stories tall, with corridors branching off in four directions, giving Meredith its distinct "X" shape.
Our front porch and conveniently located mini-mart, the BoilerCrossing, are but a couple of features that add to the "welcoming" environment. Meredith's various study lounges, recreational lounge, and many other facilities and services are also intended to provide a comfortable and accommodating living/learning environment that we hope you choose to experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
Meredith Hall opened in 1952 and was originally known as X Hall, because of it's "X" shape. It was named after Virginia Claypool Meredith (1848-1936). She died at the age of 88 after a long and illustrious career in the fields of agriculture and home economics. More than 50 years before her death, she earned the title of "Queen of American Agriculture" because of her staunch support and vigilant championship of farmers and farm life.
Mrs. Meredith was born in Indiana, the daughter of a Virginia pioneer who named her for his home state. At the age of 21 she married Henry Clay Meredith, who later became president of the Indiana Agricultural Board. When her husband died 10 years later, Mrs. Meredith assumed full responsibility of the business. For 40 years, she proceeded to buy and sell purebred cattle, hold public sales that commanded more than average prices, and discover from her accurate labor and utilization records what the farmer needed. Putting those discoveries into practice for the good of agriculture all over the country and particularly in her own state of Indiana was her lifelong service.
Indiana was the first to recognize Mrs. Meredith officially. In 1921, the governor appointed her to serve as trustee of Purdue University, the first woman to hold this position.