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Facade of Russian House, also known as Allencroft. Photo credit: Kevin Reeves

134 S. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Russian House (Allencroft) is a coeducational residence that supports students’ study of Russian language. Students can enhance their knowledge of Russian language and culture through programming with faculty, opportunities for language immersion with other students, and regular interaction and speaking experience with two native speakers, a faculty in residence and a Fulbright teaching asistant.who support programming for the 15 students who live here.

The house was built in 1861 by Ralph Plumb, a hero of the famed Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, Allencroft was home to Dr. Dudley Allen beginning in 1865. In 1899, Allen’s son, Dudley Peter Allen and his sister Emily Allen Severance, gave the property to the college, making it the oldest residence hall on campus. It’s been renovated over the years but has retained its welcoming front porch and spacious interior common spaces.

Allencroft was listed as an Oberlin City Landmark in 1975. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Oberlin College thematic nomination in 1978.