Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

Bertie Wilson Murphy Building

Digital House Large

... more fondly known as the "Murphy House"

Rising from a hill at the center of the Hendrix campus, the Murphy House welcomes students, faculty, campus visitors, and others to elegant yet cozy surroundings to:

  • meet with visiting scholars, writers, and speakers;
  • participate in literary readings;
  • conduct meetings and workshops;
  • study and drink free tea or hot cocoa;
  • hang out with friends; and
  • perhaps even nap a little!

Built in 2002 by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, the Murphy House is named for Bertie Wilson Murphy, in whose honor her son, Charles H. Murphy, Jr., established the Foundation in 1978. The Foundation sponsors a variety of programs at Hendrix to enhance the study of literature and language, areas of learning to which Mrs. Murphy was devoted throughout her life.

For reservation information please click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Inside the Murphy House

Ground floor. Students are particularly fond of congregating in the kitchen and studying in the library on the ground floor. Foundation staff offices are also located on that level. The building is equipped for wireless internet access.

The library displays signed editions of books written or edited by writers and scholars the Foundation brings to campus. 

The collection includes works taught in multi-disciplinary courses the Foundation has sponsored, “Master Works” (1984-2004) and “Transitions” (2005-2013); volumes from Hendrix-Murphy reading groups and marathon readings; and books from Mr. Murphy’s own "recommended reading list."

In addition to the fireplace, the library harbors a hidden door. Can you find it?  

Seminar room and upper foyer. The seminar room on the second level adapts easily for receptions, film screenings, group and individual study sessions, informal and formal luncheons and dinners, poetry readings, and workshops.

The seminar room also features a state-of-the-art audio-visual system that includes a fully-wired lectern for computer presentations, as well as equipment that plays video (DVD and VHS) and audio (CD) recordings.

The large upper foyer provides space for serving buffets, pizza suppers, and other refreshments before, during, and after the many events that take place in the seminar room.

Visitor lodging. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers may stay in one of two apartments on the third level. Lodging includes a one-bedroom apartment with kitchenette and a “bedsitter” with bath, a single room similar to a hotel room.

The apartment lodges principally long-term visitors, who come to Hendrix for several weeks or a semester to direct student plays, conduct workshops, or teach classes.

The bedsitter accommodates shorter-term visitors, who deliver lectures or readings and visit a few classes during a two- or three-day visit.


The Murphy House features (1) a large meeting room for College events and (2) lodging for campus visitors. All reservations for the Murphy House must be made through building manager Teri Schneider.

PLEASE NOTE: Murphy House facilities are available only for events and visitors that relate directly to the College’s educational mission. The building is not available for personal, private, or purely social events or visitors, such as wedding receptions, wedding or baby showers, and private parties.

Please use the forms below to e-mail a reservation to Teri Schneider.

Murphy Lodging Reservation Form  Murphy Event Reservation Form

The following room diagrams may be used to assist in planning events in the Murphy Building.

Murphy Standard Furniture Layout   Murphy Circle Seating (20)  
Murphy Medium Dining (16)   Murphy Meeting (8)  
Murphy Audience Seating Murphy Large Dining  

For a list of guidelines related to hosting events at the Murphy house, click here.

For more information, please contact Teri Schneider or (501) 450-1399.