Rawson Hall is recognizable by its tower, the southern of the two towers that are a central feature of the North Campus range of residences, at Park Street and Ninth Avenue. Resembling the gate of Hampton Court Palace, it aligns with a parallel gate that is part of Rose Hall on East Campus. It therefore, with Gates to the immediate north, forms part of the part of the "equinox pathway". Those who rise early on the morning of the vernal equinox can view the sunrise directly to the east through two campus archways (the Rose Hall arch and the Rawson/Gates Tower arch).
Rawson Hall is a unique living environment that is designed for those students who like it a little more on the quiet side. While all of our residence halls have designated quiet hours during the night, Rawson Hall carries the quiet hours expectation throughout the day as well. Living in this environment is a privilege; students who have difficulty maintaining the quiet environment may be reassigned to another hall.
In order to create an environment where a student's right to sleep and study is given priority, general courtesy should be exercised at all times so noise pollution does not interfere with the rights of others.
The use of stereos or other audio equipment and general noise shall be governed by the premise that personal enjoyment may not be pursued so as to infringe on the rights of others in the residence hall. At no time is it permissible for a resident to place speakers in open windows or play music to listen to outside their room. It is also inconsiderate to those who are sleeping, studying, or do not share your taste in music.
Please note that persons affected by noise have the right as well as the responsibility to approach the person(s) responsible and request that the volume be lowered. Rawson Hall staff are available to assist in resolving these situations in mediating noise-related conflicts between residents. Staff will give top priority to the activities of study and sleep. Particular emphasis shall be placed on maintaining quiet.
With this in effect, noise from one’s current room or study area should not be heard from another room, the hallway, or another study area. Students of Rawson Hall should be cognizant of their noise levels at all times and confine their noise to their own space. Courtesy should also be maintained in lounge areas where others may be studying. Due to the nature of Rawson, there will be no large, loud gatherings taking place in Rawson.
Rawson Hall has 16 singles, 6 doubles, and 2 triples and houses 34 students.
Rawson Hall has two lounges. A study lounge is located in the pit, and a larger lounge with a television is located on the first floor.
Rawson Hall has one kitchen which is located on the first floor. It has a stove, an oven, a microwave and a fridge.
A trunk room is located in Rawson Pit, and can be used for storing articles.
Rawson Hall has access to the laundry facilities in Younker and Dibble.
Residents of Rawson have easy access to the computer labs in the North Campus dorms Norris and Younker.
A recycling facility is located on the first floor of Rawson.
Rawson Hall is named in honor of alumnus and former trustee Charles A. Rawson, a football player during his years as a Grinnell student and a tireless supporter of Grinnell athletics. According to college legend, Gary Cooper ’26 once led a horse up the stairway of Gates-Rawson Tower with varying results, depending on who tells the story.