List of Harvard College freshman dormitories
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Apley Court — Rooms are typically singles, doubles or triples. The common room has a comfortable, old-Harvard feel that is reminiscent of many of the upperclassmen houses. It features a full kitchen for cooking. For recreation, there is a ping pong table, along with couches and chairs. The television room is a more private and quiet room featuring ample seating.
Past notable residents include T. S. Eliot.
Canaday Hall — Completed in 1974, it is the newest dormitory in Harvard Yard. When seen from an aerial view, its seven buildings resemble the shape of a question mark. It is named after Ward M. Canaday, former president and major shareholder of the Willys, manufacturer of Jeeps during World War II.
Grays Hall — Opened in 1863, Grays became the College's first building with water taps in the basement.( Residents of other buildings in Harvard Yard had to haul water from pumps in the Yard.) Known as "The Harvard Hilton", it is considered the most luxurious dormitory in the Yard.
Past residents include Jeff Bingaman, Michael Cohrs, Jeremy Doner, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Julie Hilden, Norman Mailer, Natalie Portman, Joseph Ransohoff, Frank Rich, Mo Rocca, John Weidman, and Michael Weishan.
Greenough Hall — Located just outside the confines of Harvard Yard, Greenough is part of a group of dormitories outside the Yard called the "Union Dormitories". Past notable residents include Elliott Abrams, Bill Kristol, Wallace Shawn, and Laurence Tribe.
Hollis Hall — Built in 1763, it is one of the oldest buildings at Harvard, known to have housed George Washington's troops during the American Revolution. Past residents include Charles Francis Adams, Sr., Horatio Alger, Jr., Jim Cramer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Everett, Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr., Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Wendell Phillips, Henry David Thoreau, George Santayana, Charles Sumner, John Updike, and William Weld.
Holworthy Hall — Holworthy was founded in 1812 and was named after Sir Matthew Holworthy, a wealthy merchant, who, at the time, made the largest donation to Harvard in the university's history. Located within the Yard, it features three entryways. It is the second closest dormitory to Annenberg Hall. Past residents include Horatio Alger, Jr., David Halberstam, Christian Herter, Conan O'Brien, Sumner Redstone, Henry Hobson Richardson, Noah Welch, Cornel West, and Jeff Zucker.
Lionel Hall — Lionel was given by Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell as a memorial to Lionel de Jersey Harvard, the first relative of John Harvard to attend Harvard, killed in World War . Past residents include Peter Benchley, Lou Dobbs, Kevin Kallaugher, Grover Norquist, Endicott Peabody, and Erich Segal.
Massachusetts Hall — The oldest surviving building at Harvard and the country’s oldest dormitory, Massachusetts Hall is located next to Johnston Gate at the entrance to the Yard. While the building was designed by two Harvard Presidents, John Leverett and Benjamin Wadsworth, between 1718 and 1720 for the housing of sixty-four students, the building has had several roles over the years – as a refuge for American soldiers during the Siege of Boston, as well as an observatory when Thomas Hollis donated a twenty-four-foot telescope to the University in 1722. Today, it houses the offices of Harvard's President, with a handful of freshmen living on the uppermost floor. Five Founding Fathers lived here.
Matthews Hall — Past notable residents include Philip Warren Anderson, Matt Birk, Matt Damon, John Dos Passos, Barney Frank, William Randolph Hearst, Mark Penn, Daniel Quillen, Robert Rubin, Chuck Schumer, Lloyd Shapley, and Maurice Wertheim.
Pennypacker Hall — Part of the Union Dormitories, Pennybacker is named for Henry Pennypacker, a former president of Harvard's admissions committee. The studios of radio station WHRB (95.3 FM) is in the basement.
Stoughton Hall — Stoughton (1805) and is Harvard's second building to be named Stoughton Hall. The original Stoughton Hall was built in 1700 and funded by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton, who also presided over the Salem witch trials. Past residents include Trip Hawkins, Jeremy Lin, Eric Maskin, Mehmet Oz, and Sydney Schanberg.
Straus Hall — Straus was built in 1926 by three brothers in memory of their parents, Isidor and Ida Straus, New York department store entrepreneurs Abraham & Straus, who had died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Notable residents include Darren Aronofsky, Phil Bredesen, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Lelyveld, Soledad O'Brien, Tom Ridge, John Roberts, David Souter, Caspar Weinberger, Tim Wirth, and Mark Zuckerberg.
Thayer Hall — Thayer was built in 1870 and originally offered housing to students who had trouble affording the ever-increasing prices of housing outside the University. Past notable residents include James Agee, Conrad Aiken, Steve Ballmer, Andy Borowitz, Hamzah bin al Hussein, E. E. Cummings, Roy J. Glauber, Walter Isaacson, Perri Klass, Bernard Francis Law, Crown Princess Masako, Jonathan Mostow, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Edward Seaga, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Tobin, and Owen Wister.
It was a gift of William Fletcher Weld, in memory of his brother Stephen Minot Weld, and represented a new trend toward picturesque silhouettes that became important in American domestic architecture of the later nineteenth century, as can be seen in the Queen Anne style which was popular during the same period.
Past residents include Robert Bacon, Ben Bernanke, Michael Crichton, Christopher Durang, Daniel Ellsberg, Douglas J. Feith, Fred Grandy, Lionel de Jersey Harvard, Rashida Jones, Ryan Jones, John F. Kennedy, Douglas Kenney, Michael Kinsley, Neil H. McElroy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Scott Weinger.
Wigglesworth Hall — The second largest of the freshman dormitories, and actually three buildings, Wigglesworth is located along the southern edge of the Yard, between Widener Library and Boylston Hall to the north, and Massachusetts Avenue to the south. It was constructed in 1931 as "part of President Lowell's plan to enclose the Yard from the traffic of Harvard Square."
Past residents include Leonard Bernstein, Melissa Block, Benjamin C. Bradlee, Mark Danner, Jared Diamond, Bill Gates, Andre Gregory, Donald P. Hodel, Ted Kennedy, Aga Khan IV, John Lithgow, Robert Lowell, Chris Nowinski, Pat Toomey, David Vitter, Naomi Yang, and Randi Zuckerberg.
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