Western Maryland College is set on a hilltop in a small town not far from Washington, DC. The college's setting was designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted; its buildings represent most types of collegiate architecture from the Civil War to the present.

Memorial Hall (now called Hill Hall) began as the college's science building. The top two floors were renovated into offices for faculty, the ground floor into classrooms, and the main floor into two large case-study lecture rooms, a writing classroom, and two large seminar rooms. The exterior of the building was also cleaned and repaired, and original oak paneling, doors, and trim were restored.

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