The Main Building / Forest Inn Hotel
Main Building

The Forest Inn hotel building was three stories high, and surrounded by a covered porch. There were originally three other buildings associated with it: a maintenance building (which was incorporated in the Practice House -- it still stands), a bowling alley and billiard room (which was replaced by the first Gymnasium), and the Gas House (which still stands on Woodstock Court as "Building 126"). The building was built in the Shingle Style that was popular at the time, with dark shingles and clapboards. Later, Dr. Ament had the walls covered with pebble-dash stucco. Above the front entrance is a stained-glass panel spelling out "Ye Forest Inne."

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a parlor converted from a gambling hall The interior rooms which had been used as gaming rooms and bars in the last year of the hotel were converted into classrooms and parlors by the Cassedys.
an early social hall in the Main building Before there were sorority clubhouses, there was a social hall within Main.
An art studio in the early Main building An art studio occupied one of Main's rooms in the early days.
the Main reception hall By the end of the Cassedy era, Main was no longer such a multi-purpose building. Social functions were held in the sorority houses, and students resided elsewhere. It was still an elegant building, as this 1918 view of the Reception Hall shows. Although the fireplace is still there, the appearance of the entryway has otherwise been changed drastically by the Army.
the bookstore, post office and bank were in Main During the Ament era, the bookstore, post office and bank were located in the hallway (known as the "Ballroom Link") leading from Main to Ament Hall.
the dining room The dining room was expanded several times to accommodate an increasing number of students. The Dutch fireplace at the center of the room dominated the scene. It still stands today, but the beautiful ceiling and ornaments have been covered in Army painted colors.
another view of the dining room Another view of the dining room. Today, the room is unused, badly damaged from water and neglect. Faded tapestries on the walls are among the only hints at the beauty of the room.
the kitchen was bright and spaceous The kitchen was also expanded and moved. A large number of cooks and serving maids were employed by the school. Some of them lived on campus, and others came from surrounding neighborhoods.
Ye Blue Bird in Main was a popular hangout Adjacent to the dining room on the first floor of Main was Ye Blue Bird, a popular place to get ice cream and desert. This room was originally a tea room.
the veranda was a nice place to sit in the days before the Beltway The scenic view of the Glen from the veranda has endured (although now you are treated to the sights and sounds of the Capitol Beltway). Recuperating war veterans also rested on this porch.

This page was last maintained on 05/21/98.