List of MIT undergraduate dormitories
This is a list of the undergraduate
dorms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
[http://baker.mit.edu/ Baker House] , located at 362 Memorial Drive, is a co-ed dormitory at
MITdesigned by the Finnish architect Alvar Aaltoin 1947- 1948and built in 1949. Its distinctive design has an undulating shape which allows most rooms a view of the Charles River, and gives many of the rooms a wedge layout. The dining hall features a 'moon garden' roof that is also very distinctive. Aalto also designed furniture for the rooms. Baker House was renovated by MITfor its fiftieth anniversary, modernizing the plumbing, telecommunications, and electrical systems and removing some of the interior changes made over the years that were not in Aalto's original design.
Baker's dining halls are open to all MIT students every weeknight evening.
Baker House alumni include
Kenneth Olsen(Electrical Engineering, 1950), inventor of magnetic core memoryand co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation; Amar Bose(Electrical Engineering, 1951), founder of the BoseCorporation and inventor of numerous audio technologies; Alan Guth(Physics, 1968), astrophysicist and professor of physics at MIT; Gerry Sussman(Mathematics, 1968); Geoffrey A. Landis(physics, Electrical Engineering, 1980), NASA scientist and science fiction writer; Cady Coleman(1983), NASA Astronaut; Wesley Bush (1983), President and COO, Northrop Grumman; Warren Madden (1985), Weather Channelmeterorologist; Charles Korsmo(Physics, 2000), actor in movies such as "Hook" and " Can't Hardly Wait"; and Ed Miller, noted poker authority.
Bexley Hall, located at 46, 48, 50 and 52 Massachusetts Avenue, is a former apartment building, consisting of four four-story walkups surrounding a central courtyard. It is almost directly across the street from
MIT's Building 7. As former apartments renovated in the 1970s, Bexley suites have full kitchens and bathrooms. The soundproof walls of Bexley can be painted by students and are plastered with murals and graffiti, some of which date back to the 1960s.
Bexley was among the first MIT dormitories to be coed.
Well known alumni of Bexley Hall include
Dan Bricklin, co-inventor of the computerized spreadsheet.
[http://web.mit.edu/burton-conner/www/ Burton-Conner House] (or simply "Burton-Conner" or "BC"), located at 410 Memorial Drive. At maximum uncrowded capacity, Burton-Conner holds just under 350
students. The building is five stories high plus a ground floor.
Burton-Conner is a combination of two major 'portions' of the building: the larger "Burton" side, which was opened in 1950, and the smaller "Conner" side, which was opened in 1970.
In the dorm, nine floors (2 through 5 on the Conner side and 1 through 5 on the Burton side) are used for student housing. Most residents name their floor by their side name followed by a
cardinal numberdenoting their floor, such as "Burton 2"; Burton Third, home of the Burton Third Bombers, is the only floor that is often named by an ordinal number. Burton 2 has a large Jewish population because of the presence of a Kosher kitchen in its center suite. A group of Hillel students gather on Burton 2 after Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) services and sit around a table and sing lively z'mirot (Jewish songs) in an event they know as "Tisch" every Friday evening. On Conner 1 are the housemaster's apartment, a librarywith Athena-network computers, a study area, and the Residential Life Associate's apartment. On the ground floor, notable features include an electronicslab and darkroom(unused for over 10 years), musicrooms, a game room, weight and exercise rooms, and a lounge with a snack bar.
East Campus Alumni Memorial Housing
Better known as "East Campus" or "Fred the Dorm," the [http://ec.mit.edu/ East Campus Alumni Memorial Houses] , located at 3 Ames Street, are an undergraduate dorm formed from six "houses" each named after an alumna/alumnus of MIT: Munroe, Hayden, Wood, Walcott, Bemis, and Goodale. The six "houses" are arranged in two long north-south parallels, east and west, of three houses each, and are connected by floor. The houses are architectural entities; the floors are social entities: once a student has got to his room, he can more easily walk to any other room on the floor than go up or down stairs to another floor. A student would typically think of himself as a resident of Third East (third floor, east parallel) rather than a resident of Bemis House. Floors with distinctive cultures often have additional names such as "Tetazoo" or "Putz".
The dorm celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2005. Because of the dorm's age, students are allowed to paint and alter rooms and floor common spaces up to the limits of what the Cambridge fire code will allow. Students frequently use technology to customize their rooms, building projects such as an Emergency Pizza Button to have
Domino'sdeliver a cheese pizza,a disco dance floor, and an automatic door-unlocking system. [ [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2073460,00.asp "Top 10 Wired Colleges - #2 M.I.T."] " PC Magazine". December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2007.]
The Walker Memorial building near East Campus was the location of the
Time Traveler Conventionon May 7, 2005.
Notable alumni of East Campus include
NASAastronaut Michael Fincke, Ahmed Chalabiof the Iraqi National Congressand George Smoot, co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.
[http://macgregor.mit.edu MacGregor House] , located at 450 Memorial Drive, is named for Frank S. MacGregor. It consists of a 16-story high-rise tower surrounded by a four-story low-rise. Both parts consist of suites grouped into "entries" of three to four floors each. The entries are named by letter: A, B, C, D, and E entries are located in the tower and F, G, H, and J entries are located in the low-rise. There is no I-entry, because (in true-MIT style) "i" is imaginary!
Each suite in MacGregor houses six to eight people, usually coed. Almost all rooms in MacGregor are singles; the three doubles in F entry are a mistake. Each suite comes equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen area with a stove-top; in addition, one suite in an entry will also have an oven.
MacGregor features various amenities, including a dark room, music room, game room, and weight room. The central lounge, TFL, an acronym for 'Tastefully Furnished Lounge', is on the first floor, near the campus
[http://web.mit.edu/mccormick/www/ McCormick Hall] , located at 320 Memorial Drive, is a women-only dormitory consisting of two 8-floor towers (the east tower and the west tower) and an annex. The three sections are connected on the ground floor. Each tower has a penthouse on the top floor that looks out on the Boston skyline. The funds for building McCormick Hall came from
Katharine Dexter McCormick, the first woman to graduate from MIT with a science degree and a leading biologist, suffragist, and philanthropistin the early twentieth century. [ [http://web.mit.edu/mccormick/www/history/brief_history.html Brief History of McCormick Hall by Professor and Housemaster Charles Stewart] ]
The dining halls are open to all MIT students every weeknight evening.
[http://web.mit.edu/nh/ New House] , located at 471-476 Memorial Drive, is a series of six joined five-story buildings arranged in a zig-zag fashion, each (like East Campus's sections) named after alumni. A main hallway on the first floor (known as "The Arcade") connects all the houses, and upper-floor connections also exist between houses 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6. (All of the smaller buildings comprising New House are also referred to as "houses.") There are kitchens throughout the dormitory. New House is connected through a tunnel to MacGregor House so that residents can have easy access to MacGregor's convenience store.
Instead of having elevators, as in many other dorms, air conditioning is available in the rooms of New House (since limited funding forced a choice to be made between those two options)Fact|date=July 2007. This feature becomes quite useful at the near-summer beginnings of fall terms and ends of spring terms, when local temperatures can reach up to 95 degrees
New House is sometimes referred to as "New West Campus Houses".
[http://web.mit.edu/next/index.html Next House] , located at 500 Memorial Drive, is five stories tall and houses about 350 people. Patterned after the success of
Baker House, it opened in September 1981. The Next House designation was unofficial and thought to be temporary until a sufficient donation had been received to name the dorm. As a result, the Institute has nearly always referred to the building as 500 Memorial Drive, while students have always called the dorm Next House. It is divided into east and west wings which are connected at the center, so, like East Campus, location is referred to by "( ordinal number) (wing)", such as "5th west".
Next House's dining hall is open every Sunday through Thursday to all MIT students.
[http://web.mit.edu/random-hall/www/ Random Hall] , located at 290 Massachusetts Avenue, was created by the joining of two old, identical buildings, a process known to some residents as "siamization." Originally built in 1894 and converted to a dormitory in 1968, Random Hall is the oldest building owned by
MITand lacks elevators. The four physical floors of the building are divided by the firewall which runs down its middle, with openings between the sides on the first and third floors, creating eight logical floors which each have distinct personalities and names. The two sides of Random Hall are known as the "290 side" and the "282 side," after the street addresses of the two entries.
It is the smallest of the MIT dorms, housing only about 90 undergraduates. Random Hall is known for its
bathroomand laundry machineonline servers ( [http://bathroom.mit.edu bathroom.mit.edu] and [http://laundry.mit.edu laundry.mit.edu] , respectively), which allow people to determine remotely whether bathrooms and washers or dryers are in use.
[http://web.mit.edu/senior-house/www/ Senior House] is the oldest dormitory at MIT. Since its construction in 1918, it has served as the Institute's first dormitory and on-campus fraternity, a mixed undergraduate and graduate dorm, an all-graduate facility, a seniors' dormitory, and military housing during
World War II. It is currently a co-ed undergraduate residence. The building is an L-shaped building directly adjacent to the residence of the President of MIT. A tower at the center of the North side features neo-classical columnsthat reflect the architecture of the original MIT Cambridge campus.
The building's address was originally 4 Ames Street, and had six entries:
* Runkle (
John Daniel Runkle, second president of MIT)
* Holman (
Silas W. Holman, Professor of Physics)
* Nichols (
Ernest Fox Nichols, ninth president of MIT)
* Crafts (
James Crafts, fourth president of MIT).
Each entry has four floors, except for Runkle, which has six (the upper two floors are often referred to as "Towers"). The entries are arranged in an L-shape around a central courtyard.
Senior House alumni include
Lawrence Summers(Economics, 1975), former president of Harvard Universityand formerly Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration; Bruce Morrison(Chemistry, 1965), United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Connecticut, 1983–1991; Moshe Arens(Mechanical Engineering, 1947), former member of the Israeli Knesset, defence minister, and ambassador to the United States; Gordon S. Brown(Electrical Engineering, 1931), former dean of Engineering at MIT and a pioneer in the development of automatic-feedback systems and numerically controlled machine tools.
[http://simmons.mit.edu/ Simmons Hall] , located at 229 Vassar Street, was designed by architect
Steven Holland dedicated in 2002.
It is 382 feet long and 10 stories tall, housing 350 undergraduates, faculty housemasters, visiting scholars, and graduate assistants. The structure is concrete block perforated with approximately 5,500 square windows each measuring two feet (0.60 meters) on a side, and additional larger and irregularly-shaped windows. An 18" (0.46 meters) wall depth supposedly provides shade in summer while allowing the winter sun to help heat the building. Unfortunately, the efficacy of such a design is yet to be proven and temperature problems plague parts of the building throughout the year. Internal design consists of one- and two-person rooms--some in suite-like settings with semi-private bathrooms--and lounges with and without kitchens, roughly arranged into three towers (the "A", "B", and "C" towers). Simmons Hall is one of the four dormitories that have dining halls; the dining facility is open Sunday through Thursday evenings to members of the MIT community.
Opinions on the aesthetics of the building remain strongly divided. On one hand, Simmons Hall won the 2003
American Institute of ArchitectsHonor Award for Architecture, and the 2004 Harleston Parker Medal, administered by the Boston Society of Architectsand awarded to the "most beautiful piece of architecture building, monument or structure" in the Bostonarea. On the other hand, the building has been criticized as being ugly, [ [http://www.architectureweek.com/2006/0201/culture_1-1.html "A Modern More or Less Humane"] , Article on Simmons Hall] a sentiment echoed in James Kunstler's "Eyesore of the Month" catalog [ [http://www.kunstler.com/eyesore_200402.html Eyesore of the Month] ] . Many of the residents of Simmons complain that aesthetics came as a higher priority than functionality. For example, residents in the "A" tower must take two different elevators, or must walk the length of the building twice (more than an eighth of a mile) to reach the dining hall because the "A" elevator does not service the dining hall. The lighting in student rooms is generally far too dim to be of any use, as well.
Additionally, due to the architectural attention given to this building, architects are sometimes found trying to observe student life in the buildingFact|date=May 2008, an occurrence that the students strongly resent (notices are sometimes sent out by e-mail when architects do enter the building, alerting residents to escort them out).
* [http://web.mit.edu/housing/undergrad/ Official MIT undergraduate housing website]
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