Named in honor of Rev. Thomas I. Gasson, SJ, president of Boston College from 1907 to 1914 and founder of the Chestnut Hill campus. Gasson Hall is located in the center of the Middle Campus across from the Admission Office in Devlin Hall.
Born in 1859 in Kent, England, Thomas Gasson was raised as a member of the Church of England. At the age of 13 he immigrated to the United States, where he eventually converted to Catholicism. He subsequently entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained to the priesthood in 1891. In August 1895, he was assigned to Boston College, where he taught ethics and economics until his appointment as President of the College in January 1907. It was Father Gasson who proposed that Boston College purchase the "magnificent site on Commonwealth Avenue towards Brighton."
Originally called the Recitation Building, then the Tower Building, the original Gothic structure that presides over the Heights is now referred to as Gasson Hall. The main floor contains the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors Program. The large room on the first floor, now called the Irish Room, was originally used as the University's assembly hall, as well as a lecture room for large classes in theology and philosophy. It currently serves as a center for special events. The upper floors contain numerous classrooms.
The rotunda on the first floor, surrounded by murals of notable Jesuits, contains a white marble statue of the Archangel Michael overcoming Lucifer. In the great Gothic tower of Gasson Hall, four bells — each named after a prominent Jesuit — chime the passing day.