Strong Hall, built in 1939 on the west side of the Rollins campus, was designed by Richard Kiehnel. In a pamphlet entitled Strong Hall: A Living Memorial, on page 23, Kiehnel discussed his plan for Strong Hall:
"I am of course pleased that I have again the chance to design a new dormitory for Rollins, but this time in particular because I have the opportunity to use a real patio plan suitable to Spanish architecture.
It may be of interest to many of you to know that the reason Dr. Holt selected me as Architect for Rollins some ten years ago was that he liked the Rolyat Hotel (now a military academy) in St. Petersburg, so well. This I designed as having the appearance of a medieval Monastery in Spain with buildings all around a court or patio of about six hundred by two hundred fifty feet.
Dr. Holt had a dream that this similar group of buildings might some day be realized in Rollins, and the nearest attempt to it is the beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel patio.
The site of this new dormitory, being a corner lot, will make it possible for me to introduce this miniature Spanish village or Monastery plan. I know it will be a pleasure for the girls who will live in beautiful Strong Hall, made possible by Mrs. Strong today."