SILLIMAN HALL was built in 1909 as an addition to form an "L" with the original building built in 1902, now demolished. Silliman Institute was founded by a Christian Philanthropist, Horace B. Silliman, of Cohoes, New York. This building is considered the oldest wooden structure of Eastern Stick Style of American architecture in the Philippines. The ground floor, popularly known as the Assembly Hall, has cast iron columns and ornate metal pan ceiling salvaged from the debris of a theater in New York. For many years, (before the University Church and Luce Auditorium were built) the social and cultural events of the University including the mid-week Convocation and Sunday Worship Service were held in the Assembly Hall.
THE MUSEUM on the second floor was established in 1970 by Dr. Hubert I. Reynolds, an American Presbyterian missionary and former faculty member of the Sociology-Anthropology Department of Silliman University to house the collection of the Cultural Research Center that started in 1964. The exhibits are rare and priceless collections of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts which date back as early as 200 BC.
Through the initiative of the Center of Excellence in Coastal Resource Management (COE-CRM) as funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the support of the Silliman University Administration, the restoration of Silliman Hall to its 1909 Eastern Stick Style was completed.
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