John M. Smith Residence Hall
- Built in 1947
- 295 rooms
- 5 floors
- Closest Georgia Tech building to the Varsity
The John M. Smith Residence Hall, located on North Avenue, is a Freshman Experience residence hall. It is named after John M. Smith, a dedicated donor to Georgia Tech. The building was built in 1947, dedicated in 1948 by John E. Smith and Hal L. Smith, the sons of John M. Smith, and was last renovated in 1993. The residence hall has 295 rooms with a shared bathroom on each of the four residential floors. The basement floor hosts the east campus custodial services.
Hal L. Smith (pictured right), a graduate of Georgia Tech in 1926, came from a long line of contributors to Georgia Tech. John E. Smith, Hal's father graduated from Georgia Tech in 1895 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Tech, he was the captain of the baseball team and was quarterback on the football team, which, in 1894, beat Auburn University 94-0. After Tech, John E. Smith started the John Smith Company, an automobile firm. In 1941, John E. Smith donated a tract of land at Tenth Street and Fowler Street, the area where the Hank McCamish Pavilion sits today.