Mudd House, formerly known as Wydown Residence Hall, was part of a $12.4 million residence hall project, which included two new residence halls and a $1.1 million multi-level parking garage. The two residence halls, Mudd and Park House were known as the Wydown House before the West building was dedicated as the Hellen Ette Park House. These 5-story halls are connected via a ground-floor corridor, and are each 128,000 square feet. At the time of construction in 1989-1990, they were considered the most advanced residence halls in the country, each with an exercise room, 4 music practice rooms with pianos, and a multi-purpose room with food service facilities. Each floor has a kitchenette and laundry room, and each room has either four single rooms or two double rooms, each with phone and computer-communication jacks.
Mudd House is named after the Seeley Greenleaf Mudd Foundation. The Mudd name was originally on the Seeley Greenleaf Mudd Hall, the old building for the School of Law. The name was transferred to Mudd house on June 10, 1998. Two days later, demolition on Mudd Hall began. In the space once occupied by Mudd Hall, the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center now stands.
Seeley Greenleaf Mudd was born April 18, 1895 in Denver, Colorado. He obtained a B.S. degree in mining engineering in 1917 from Columbia University. From there, he went on to obtain a M. D. degree from Harvard University in 1924. He went to practice cardiology in Los Angelos. Later, as a professor at the California Institute of Technology, Mudd researched radiation and X-ray therapy. He served as the dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California from 1941 to 1943.
In addition to being a prominent cardiologist, Seeley G. Mudd was a dedicated philanthropist. During his life, he dedicated over $10 million and upon his death in 1968, he donated another $44 million to setup the Seeley Greenleaf Mudd Foundation. Numerous other universities across the nation have benefited from his generousity, including Princeton, Yale, Duke, Oberlin, and the University of Southern California.