Ascension Hall is considered by Tinsley's
biographer, J.D. Forbes, to be one of the architect's masterpieces.
Built of olive shale–-the same stone used in Kokosing, the Church of
the Holy Spirit, and Christ Church at the Quarry–-the structure was a
gift of the Church of the Ascension in New York City. Among its
outstanding features are the second and third floor lecture
halls--Philomathesian and Nu Pi Kappa, respectively–-which were
assigned to the College's two literary societies.