A new junior residence, providing housing for ninety-two third-year students, opened in August, 1995.
During a chapel service on Monday, January 15, 1996, the new building was officially named Robson Hall, in honour of John and Ebenezer Robson, brothers who came to BC from Ontario in 1859 and between them devoted seventy years of leadership to the province.
John Robson (1824-1892) was a newspaper editor and legislator, a “Father of Confederation, and a premier of BC. As Premier, he developed a reputation for honesty and, was known as “honest John.” He was an active and committed Presbyterian layman.
Ebenezer Robson (1835-1911) was one of the four first Methodist ministers who arrived as a group in BC in 1859. He served among First Nations people, and preached to gold miners and road builders. He played a leading part in reform movements of the day, and was twice elected to the position of President of the BC Conference of the Methodist Church.
Memo from Bob Burkinshaw to Glen Forrester, November 7, 1995. [TWU Archives: F 2 B 56 File 2]
Architect Arthur Allen designed the three-storey building.
Invitation to the naming ceremony, 1996.
[TWU Archives: F 2 B 56 File 2]
The main entrance of the junior residence, ca. 1995.
[TWU Archives: 2005-11-0038]
Robson Hall, from the northwest, ca. 1997.
[TWU Archives: 1998-01-4693]