A female student perches on the window sill in a Gothic-looking hall with dark wood floors, chandeliers, and tall dining room chairs.
Photo by Bradley Slade

Standing just south of campus, the redbrick Amanda Knight Hall (AKH) is a “memory palace,” says David C. Amott (BA ’03), executive director of Preservation Utah. Built in 1939 in a collegiate Gothic style reminiscent of the Ivy League, AKH was BYU’s first all-women dormitory. In 1964 it became part of the Language Training Mission, later housing BYU offices and centers. But by 2018 AKH had fallen into disrepair, and the community rallied to save it from demolition. This fall a fully restored AKH resumed its original role: a home for female students, including Rylin M. Green (’23), pictured. Now private housing, AKH “is not just a structure of brick and glass,” shares Amott, but “a story with tremendous insight and perspective.”

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