Beginning in the Summer of 2017, the Office of Residence Life commenced a process of creating a residential environment for students that would garner pride, community and unity within their residence halls. This included creating unique residence hall crests that embodied unique architectural elements from each residence hall.
The final phase of this process was creating a crest for the Office of Residence Life which embodied our office mission and the Gryphon Society. The result of this was a crest inclusive of three main elements: the Star of Bethlehem, a Gryphon and a keyhole.
The Star of Bethlehem represents the broader South Bethlehem community that all residents of Lehigh University are a part of and our work to strengthen the relationship with this community. The Gryphon represents the Gryphon Society, our keepers of the gold, who serve as student leaders in the residence halls. Finally, the keyhole at the center of the crest symbolizes our overall mission to create a living environment in which our students will be engaged, challenged, and encouraged to realize their full academic and personal potential.
Each residence hall crest appears below as well as a descriptor of its architectural inspiration and in order of its year of establishment.
Taylor House is the oldest residence hall on campus with a year of establishment
in 1907. The classic appearance that Lehigh consistently shows throughout
campus is exemplified in the crest symbol of Taylor influenced by the sconces
above each entrance.
UMOJA is Swahili for unity, and the UMOJA House allows students to explore diversity
and multiculturalism. Its symbol was created by the members of its house to portray
these qualities and can be seen below.
The inspiration for Richards’ crest is found in the detail of the building’s architecture.
Specifically, the side entrance door which faces the Richards parking lot is where
the symbol in Richards’ crest is found.
The symbol in Drinker’s crest can also be found from the various designs on the
outside of its structure. This design is located above the front entrance door to Drinker
and embodies the historic building that it is known to be.
Dravo’s crest perfectly embodies how we see the building everyday: standing
tall on Lehigh’s main campus with its classic stone architecture. The symbol in
this crest represents the entire buildings outer shape that we can always see
towering above the trees.
While walking up to the M&M main entrance, the first thing you notice is the
wrought iron railing with its elegant design at the center. The symbol for the
M&M crest embodies this unique feature of the building.
The Upper Cents iconic symbol comes from the view of walking down the notable long
patio that wraps around the Upper Cents buildings as seen below.
The unique feature that differentiates the Lower Cents area from other residential areas
on campus is the pavilion. The symbol in the Lower Cents crest represents this feature.
Trembley is known as a group of apartment-style housing options, some which
have lofts. The crest symbol for Trembley comes from this unique outer shape of
the apartment buildings that you can see on the horizon.
The crest symbol for Brodhead was created to mirror the L shape layout of this
apartment style building as seen from an aerial and frontal view of the building.
The Warren Square buildings are comprised of six houses surrounding the Warren
Square road. The crest symbol represents the six individual houses and their proximity to each other.
The Sayre Park crest symbol resembles a trinity icon. The trinity-like symbol
represents the community bond between the three identical buildings that
comprise Sayre Park.
The Farrington Square buildings embody a modern style with highlights of glass
windows throughout the hallways of each floor. The crest symbol for Farrington Square
was inspired by one of these glass window features.