Voorhies Hall, designed by Gardner Action Dailey, was named for Edwin C. Voorhies and houses the English department, the University Writing Program (the purveyors of the English Comp and upper-division writing requirements), the Davis Humanities Institute, the Medieval Studies department, and a few others. It was built in 1959. Fondly called "Voorhideous" by some of its inhabitants. This is one of the buildings on campus that is primarily offices, not classrooms.
Voorhies Courtyard is a rose garden, with a giant tree and some benches. Not to mention the nice (though constantly leaking) fountain.
I've had my office in Voorhies for four years, and I've never heard the term "Voorhideous." TonyMagagna
Maybe if you'd leave that office you'd hear people call it Voorhideous. Even I have called it that. I've heard just about everyone call it that. NathanMilos
2007-01-18 11:12:09 Does anyone know when the doors are supposed to be locked? 5pm right? —AliceChoe
2009-08-31 12:33:53 Is it true that the staircase area was designed to lock out/gas students if they tried to take over the building (in the 60s and 70s)? —BryceH
Considering that it was built in 1959, that doesn't seem very plausible. —jsogul
2010-03-11 21:49:41 The interior had the aroma of wax. Or something similar to that. It was almost nauseating. I hope never to step foot in there again :-) —RyanMikulovsky