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Macdonough Residence Hall

Photo of students studying in the grass, and walking on front of Macdonough Hall About Macdonough Hall

Macdonough Hall is the oldest of the twelve residence halls on campus. Dedicated on October 2, 1951, it was named in honor of Commodore Thomas Macdonough, who fought in the war of 1812. He was the commander in charge of the American forces who were victorious over the British in the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Historic Part of Our Campus

Macdonough Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. In its heyday, Macdonough was the hub of the campus, housing a dining hall, student activities center, infirmary, as well as students. It was renovated and reopened in 2005. It is a red brick Georgian, four-story, H-shaped building housing both men and women and divided into East and West wings.


The first floor houses the Residence Director's office, the mailroom, and a spacious main lounge with kitchen and television lounge with piano, pool and ping pong tables. Vending machines are conveniently located in the lower level lobby and a bike room is located near the west service entrance. Also on the lower level are a large study lounge and a computer lab. Washers and dryers are conveniently located on both east and west wings, with all floors being serviced by elevators. Each floor has a small TV lounge. During the renovation, three automotive charging stations were installed in the east side parking area for charging electric cars.

Fun Things to Do Near Macdonough Hall

Behind Macdonough Hall there are lighted tennis courts and a recreational field that is used for a multitude of activities. Memorial Hall, which houses the gym, pool and fitness center, is nearby. The picturesque Saranac River Trail is a nice venue for biking, jogging or a refreshing walk.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about housing or residence life at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Housing & Residence Life Office
Office: Algonquin Hall 103
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Phone: (518) 564-3824
Email: housing@plattsburgh.edu