Adelaide Hall was made possible by a gift from Adelaide McLaughlin, the wife of R.S. McLaughlin, who was President of General Motors of Canada and a generous benefactor of Queen's University.
The building was erected because of the urgent need for a new women's residence; for thirty years the only residence on campus had been Ban Righ Hall and there were nowhere near enough places for all applicants.
Adelaide Hall still serves as a women-only residence. It was built to connect with Ban Righ Hall and is faced with Queenston limestone.
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