Whitesides Hall sign

Whitesides Hall

The 31,855 square-foot building is located in the academic core of campus. Whitesides Hall offers an improved learning environment over older buildings, with a focus on classrooms that are designed to be very quiet and well-lit.

"Green" building design highlights include an innovative vegetative roof that minimizes rainwater runoff and provides a rooftop park setting, and geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling, which is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.





  • The ground floor accessible entrance is across from the Labyrinth Garden and Zageir Hall and is equipped with an automatic door. 
  • The main accessible entrance on the first floor is off of Reynold's Green and is equipped with an automatic door. 
  • The side entrance on the first floor facing Ramsey Library and the Classics Garden is accessible. 
  • The elevator can be reached from the ground floor entrance by walking straight down the hallway, and from the first floor entrance through the foyer and to the left.


  • Accessible parking spaces near the ground floor entrance are in lot P14 off of Library Lane in front of Weizenblatt Hall. 
  • For the first floor, accessible parking is in lot P27 off of Theater Lane. 


There are accessible restrooms on the ground floor and the first floor. 

Navigating Access to Campus 

The campus quad can be reached by exiting onto Reynold's Green and then staying on the pathway next to Carmichael Hall, leading to the accessible ramp between Zeis and Ramsey Library. 


The building was originally named New Hall when it was constructed in 2006. In 2016, The university renamed New Hall to Whitesides Hall in honor of Alfred J. Whitesides Jr. after a public vote by the Board of Trustees. An ardent supporter of the Bulldogs with more than 15 years of service to the university and many more to the UNC system, Whitesides is a board member of the UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA), having served as president of both the BAA and the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UNC Asheville in 2012. Whitesides is recognized throughout Asheville as a successful businessman, a community leader and a living touchstone to the city’s struggle to eliminate segregation.