Located at 139 MacDougal Street in the heart of Greenwich Village, Will Hall opened in October 2010. Intended to be a central gathering place for scholars, Wilf Hall houses a dozen centers, programs, and institutes, along with an admissions welcome desk on the first floor and admissions offices and offices for academic fellows below.
Wilf Hall has attained a LEED Platinum Standard rating, the highest certification of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Wilf Hall was evaluated in five categories, including water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and innovated design. Notable features of the building include bicycle storage and showers for commuting riders, as well as a green roof and two planted terraces. The green troof, covering 50% of the building, features local grasses, ferns, and trees, which help to insulate the building and filter pollutants out of rainwater. The terraces on the second and sixth floors offer walking paths, enclosed by perennials and grasses.
The building also contains the Provincetown Playhouse. The playhouse, established in the 1920s, premiered many of Eugene O'Neil's plays and continues as a working theatre run by the NYU Steinhardt School of Education to hold classes, readings, and storytelling evenings.
Law School Trustees Leonard Wilf (LL.M. '77) and Mark Wilf '87, partners in real estate development firm Garden Homes, generously underwrote the hall. The cousins' gift is one of several important contributions of the Wilf family has made to the Law School.