A view of the northeast corner of campus from the tower of Baker Memorial Library. From left to right: the Fairchild Physical Sciences Center (consisting of Burke, Steele, Fairchild and Wilder Halls) and Wheeler Hall.
Dartmouth College is located in the rural town of Hanover in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River in the New England state of New Hampshire. Dartmouth's 269-acre (1.09 km2) campus centered on The Green makes the institution the largest private landowner of the town of Hanover, and its landholdings and facilities are valued at an estimated $419 million. Dartmouth's campus buildings vary in age from several early 19th century buildings to a number of ongoing construction projects. Most of Dartmouth's buildings are designed in the Georgian style, a theme which has been preserved in recent architectural additions.
44 North College Street was privately owned until at least 1954. Under the College's stewardship, it has served as a Russian language immersion house and an international students' house. Currently, it houses Off-Campus Programs.
Baker Library was built to replace the Wilson Hall library with money donated by George Fisher Baker in memory of his uncle, Fisher Ames Baker. The Reserve Corridor in the basement are decorated by a fresco by José Clemente Orozco called The Epic of American Civilization. Baker's iconic 200-foot (61 m) tower is often used as a symbolic representation of the College.
Bartlett Hall was originally constructed as the College's YMCA headquarters. Today it houses the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures and the Program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
The original Dartmouth Hall, constructed in 1784, was the oldest College building until it burned in 1904. It was reconstructed the following year, and its replacement houses the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Department of German Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures.
The Haldeman Center houses the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics, the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, and The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.
Designed by famed architect Wallace Harrison, the Hopkins Center ("the Hop") houses Dartmouth's Music, Studio Art, and Theater departments. It also contains several auditoriums, a dining facility, and the Paddock Music Library.
Originally named Tuck Hall, McNutt housed the Tuck School of Business until 1930. Today, the building houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, and Student Financial Services.
Raven was built as a "convalescent home" for patients of the hospital that formerly stood nearby. In 1989, Dartmouth purchased the building and converted it to use for computing administration. It also houses the Department of Education.
Reed was originally constructed to house Dartmouth's library, which was previously located in the nearby Dartmouth Hall. In the late 19th century, it came to be used partially as a dormitory, and today is home to the Department of Classics, Department of Russian Language and Literature, Comparative Literature Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science Program.
Named after U.S. Vice President and Dartmouth alumnus Nelson Rockefeller, this annex to Silsby Hall contains the Department of Economics and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.
Originally the home of Dartmouth professor Frank A. Sherman, the Sherman House belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity from 1928 until the 1950s. Today, it houses Dartmouth's Native American Studies Program.
Silsby Hall currently houses the Department of Anthropology, Department of Government, and Department of Sociology, Program in African and African-American Studies, Program in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, and Program in Mathematics and Social Sciences.
Part of the Sherman Fairchild Physical Sciences Center, the Steele Building used to house the Chemistry department until its move to Burke Laboratory. It is used by the Department of Earth Sciences now and is home to the Environmental Studies Program and the Geochemistry laboratories.
Originally an auditorium and concert hall, Webster Hall was temporarily home to the town's Nugget Theater and served as the location for Commencement ceremonies from 1908-1930. In 1998, the building was redesigned to house the Rauner Special Collections Library.
Wilson was built as the first library building of the College. It later housed the anthropology department and the College museum, before the latter was moved to the Hood Museum of Art. Currently, Wilson houses film studios, the Film and Media Studies Department, and a practice hall.
As opposed to ungrouped dormitories or "residential colleges" as employed at such institutions as Yale University or Princeton University (in imitation of the colleges of Cambridge and Oxford), Dartmouth residence halls are grouped into nine "communities," each composed of one to three "clusters" of dormitories. Dartmouth houses approximately 3,300 students in its facilities, or about 85% of the student body; the remaining 15% opt to live in off-campus housing. The Housing Office consists of three employees that house students four times a year (not including the interim period), due to the college's enrollment plan (the "D-Plan").
Every cluster or group of clusters is administered by a live-in Community Director. Approximately one-third of the rooms are singles; the remaining rooms vary among "one, two, and three-room doubles, one, two, and three-room triples, two, three, and four-room quads, apartments and suites."
Affinity programs are a housing option for Dartmouth students, described as "residentially-based, educationally-purposeful living opportunities for residents that center around a self-defined Academic or Special Interest programmatic focus." Some affinity programs are housed in sections or on floors of larger dormitories; those listed below are only the programs in their own free-standing structures.
Chinese Language House
The building was built as a residence for the headmaster of the Clark Preparatory School. It became the Asian Studies Center in 1985 and the Chinese Language House in 2007.
Cutter Hall was built for the Clark Preparatory School and purchased by Dartmouth in 1953. Since 1970, it has been the home of the Afro-American Society and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry.
By the mid-1980s, Dartmouth had acquired this privately owned building and began using it as an Outward Bound House. Foley House houses the Foley Cooperative, where residents communally participate in cooking, eating, and household chores.
This house was initially operated as a private hospital before coming into the hands of private citizens, including a Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering. The College acquired it around 1936. La Casa is an affinity house for students interested in Spanish languages and cultures.
This structure first served as a bakery and confectionery. In the early 20th century, it was owned by Lambda Chi Alpha and Pi Lambda Theta fraternities. During the 1960s, it became the Occom Inn, before finally being purchased by the College in 1993. It now serves as the Native American House, providing "cultural, social and educational enrichment for Native and other Dartmouth students."
The modernist Choate Cluster is an all-freshman residence cluster principally consisting of Bissell, Brown, Cohen and Little, part of an "experiment in student living". The cluster includes four dormitories and two lounges. Each pair of T-shaped dorms is attached to a single lounge via glass-enclosed above-ground walkways that are referred to as "hamster tunnels". The dorms include one-room doubles and one-room singles. Each dorm is three floors high and connected to the lounge on the second floor. The cluster was constructed on land acquired from Cardigan Mountain School and was the first major construction project of John Sloan Dickey's presidency. The cluster cost $1.5 million to build, and was partially funded by the U.S. Housing and Home Finance Administration.
The nearby North Hall is administratively part of the cluster, but was not constructed at the same time, and does not house freshmen.
Bissell Hall is connected to Cohen, with which it shares a lounge.
The East Wheelock Cluster stands at the end of East Wheelock Street and consists of five buildings. Initially known as "the new dorms," the construction of the post-modern Andres, Morton and Zimmerman was inspired by the Houses at Harvard University and the residential colleges at Yale University. Sponsored by the class of 1943, the first three halls of the cluster were constructed in 1987, with McCulloch being added in 2000. East Wheelock is reputed to be a quieter and more intellectual housing cluster, and requires an application form for students wishing to live there. The Ledyard Apartments stand nearby and house upperclass students.
McCulloch Hall, named for trustee Norman E. McCulloch, Jr. '50, is the most recent addition to the cluster. The $8 million building features an "unconventional" communal bathroom system and basement classroom facilities.
"South Fayer", which cost $35,686 to build, burned to its skeleton in December 1909; students escaped by jumping from their windows. Notable past residents include Dartmouth Outing Club founder Fred Harris '11, who injured his knee escaping the fire. The building was rebuilt in 1910.
The "Mass Row" cluster is popular for its convenient location to Thayer Dining Hall and the Collis Center. It houses only upperclass students.
Named for the Hitchcock Estate on which it was built, Hitchcock Hall served briefly as a barracks in 1918. It opened in January 2008 for Winter Term after undergoing extensive renovation and remodeling.
Generally called "Mid Mass," this dormitory cost $80,000 to build. Notable past residents include U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop '37 in room 310, television host Fred Rogers '50 in room 101, and football coach Dave Shula '81 in room 107.
The McLaughlin Cluster, named for former Dartmouth president David T. McLaughlin '54, Tu '55, consists of six buildings and houses 342 students. It cost more than $41 million to build. Located in Goldstein Hall is Occom Commons, a community space described as "state-of-the-art." The cluster earned silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council LEED program for its environmentally friendly design.
This cluster, known as "RipWoodSmith," cost $260,000 to build in 1930. Its buildings are named for three of the earliest tutors at the College: Sylvanus Ripley, Bezaleel Woodward, and John Smith. Women were not permitted to live in Ripley or Smith until 1989, although Woodward served as one of two exclusively women's dorms until the same year.
Originally known as "the Wigwams," the River Cluster is so named for its location near the banks of the Connecticut River. The all-freshman portion of the River dorms now comprises only two dormitories, with Hinman Hall being demolished to make way for the Tuck LLC (see below). The other two are apartment facilities.
Channing Cox Hall
Channing Cox, along with Maxwell Hall, is an apartment facility.
The Russell Sage Cluster sits between Tuck Mall and Webster Avenue on land from the 45-acre (18 ha) 1912 donation of the Hitchcock Estate to the College. The Tuck Mall Residence Halls, Fahey and McLane, were added in 2006 at the collective cost of $19 million.
Butterfield was named for philanthropist Ralph Butterfield (class of 1839), who donated the school's natural history museum (since demolished). It was the last pre-World War II dormitory constructed at Dartmouth. The Hyphen, a lounge constructed in 1988-1989, connects Butterfield to Russell Sage Hall.
Russell Sage is the oldest building of the cluster, named after the Russell Sage Foundation and designed in part by architect John Russell Pope. The Hyphen, a lounge constructed in 1988-1989, connects Russell Sage to Butterfield Hall.
New Hampshire Hall, known as "New Hamp", cost $80,000 to build. It was remodeled in 1928-1930, and will undergo complete renovation starting in 2008. Notable past residents include Reggie Williams '76 who lived in room 211 during his freshman year.
Named for benefactor Elijah M. Topliff, this residence hall cost $355,000 to build. It was built to accommodate the post-World War I influx of students, and when constructed, was the largest dormitory on campus. Notable past residents include Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) '25 in room 416 and Louise Erdrich '76 in room 303.
Richardson is the oldest building on campus still used as a residence hall. It cost $49,013 to build. Room 108 housed the unofficial headquarters of Dartmouth Outing Club sub-group Cabin & Trail from 1968 to 1982.
After being removed from campus in 1997, Beta Theta Pi was reformed as Beta Alpha Omega in the fall of 2008, re-occupying its house after renting it to sorority Alpha Xi Delta during its time off-campus.
This College-owned house at 13 Summer Street served as Dartmouth's Hillel house before the Roth Center for Jewish Life was finished in 1998. It is now used by Cobra, a women's senior society founded in 1979.
The Delta Delta Delta house was built as a faculty duplex, and its halves were variously occupied by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and College substance-free housing. Tri-Delt occupied the house around 1992, and its two halves were joined around 1994.
This house was built for a professor and was leased to the Mary Hitchock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing during the 1940s. After being occupied by a number of failed coeducational societies, it was obtained by the College. EKT began renting it in 1991.
Originally standing on the site of the east entrance to Baker Library, this house was moved to its present location on East Wheelock Street in the 1920s. Kappa Kappa Gamma has occupied it since before 1986.
Panarchy resides in an off-campus house with a Doric temple front and cupola. It was bought in the early 20th century by a local fraternity whose descendant, Phi Sigma Psi, became the current undergraduate society of Panarchy around 1992.
This house was privately owned until at least 1950; the College acquired the property from the Cardigan Mountain School in 1953 and leased it to Sigma Phi Epsilon later that year. A wing was added in 1959. The fraternity purchased the property in 1964. In June 2010, the fraternity demolished the worn out and now inadequate building to make room for a new house completed at the end of 2010.
The Eta-Eta Chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity, a descendant of a Chandler School society, built this house to replace a previous burned structure. The fraternity adopted the name The Tabard, a reference to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, on April 20, 1960, and became coeducational in the 1970s.
1 Rope Ferry Road, originally called the Hitchcock Clinic, was renamed after the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center moved from Hanover to the neighboring city of Lebanon. It now houses administrative offices of the Medical School, including the Dean's Office.
Stell was originally a refectory, but upon the completion of Byrne Hall in the early 1990s, it was converted to a common space for students, faculty and staff with an events hall on the first floor and a mailroom and office services area below that.
Tuck's newest residence halls include residential rooms, study and conference rooms, a library, common kitchens, laundry room, and lounges. It also includes classrooms and a large common space, the McLaughlin Atrium in Raether Hall, with fireplace, sofas, and ample room to relax or study. A balcony, open in warmer months, has deck chairs, tables, and a view of the Connecticut River.
Alumni Gymnasium serves as the center of Dartmouth's athletic facilities and includes two pools, a fitness center, a weight room, and an indoor track. It has undergone numerous remodelings, most recently in 2006.
Memorial Field, Dartmouth's football and track & field stadium, was erected on the site of previous athletic grandstand built in 1893. It is named in memory of the Dartmouth alumni who died in World War I.
The oldest part of the Blunt Alumni Center was a house built by Professor Zephaniah Swift Moore. It was bought by the College in 1884 and served as a dormitory called the Crosby House from 1896 until 1949, when the Alumni Records department moved in. Several additions have been added to the original house. Crosby House, the original structure built by Moore, is the oldest house in Hanover that remains on its original foundation. The Blunt Alumni Center also houses the Rassias Foundation.
Choate House, originally standing near today's Webster Hall, was inhabited by a number of College professors and private owners before being sold to the College in 1910. It was modernized and moved several times, finally to its current location on North Main Street. It briefly housed part of the Mathematics Department.
The Collis Center was constructed on the site of the burned Balch House, of which only the granite steps out front remain. Originally called "College Hall," it was expanded in 1993 to its current form. It serves as a student center and contains a café.
Webster Cottage was, according to oral tradition, the home of student Daniel Webster during his senior year at Dartmouth. It passed through a variety of private hands, and now houses the Hanover Historical Society.
The new Life Sciences Building in the North Campus by the Dartmouth Medical School will replace Gilman Life Sciences Building. It will cost $93 million, and will be built on the land which now contains Strasenburgh, the Modular Laboratory, and Butler Hall. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson are the architects.