Pearl Residence Hall

Ahead of the pack: the first LEED Gold certified building in Kentucky.


Pearl Hall was the first of the newest generation of student residence halls on Centre College’s 115-acre campus. Centre College has long been a proponent of sustainable design, and Pearl Hall was the first LEED Gold Certified building in Kentucky.

Centre adopted the popular suite-style design for the student residence. In this living style, students each have their own room, while sharing a bathroom and common area with suite mates. In addition, each suite has a “convenience kitchen,” which consists of a sink, microwave, and refrigerator. Each floor houses a community kitchen, consisting of major kitchen appliances including a sink, microwave, stove, oven, and refrigerator. Laundry facilities are provided on the lower level.

Suites are furnished with lofted beds, desks, bookshelves, roomy closets, and comfortable living room furniture. The suites have all the comforts of home with individual temperature controls, wireless Internet capabilities, and cable TV access.

Pearl Hall features a large, welcoming front porch with several rocking chairs, a lush courtyard that overlooks Centre’s soccer field, and a spacious lounge for social gatherings on the main floor. Study rooms were designed throughout the building, with the main study area located on the lower level.

The suites in Pearl Residence Hall are intended for use by upperclassmen. The transitional housing is meant to allow juniors and seniors to experience more traditional living arrangements that will be typically available to them after graduation.

Pearl Residence Hall was designed in context with the existing architectural character of the Centre College campus.