Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Real Estate: 1901

Designed in the Jazz Age by then-campus architect Ralph Adams, 1901 Hall contains singles, doubles, triples and quads. All the rooms have public bathrooms—which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view—with men’s and women’s rooms on at least every other floor.

There are plenty of study spaces throughout the building, a perk for people who prefer not to study in their rooms but don’t want to go far, as well as a computer cluster with printers in the basement of Laughlin.

Although 1901 does not have laundry facilities, Laughlin does. While this may be convenient for those who live near the northern end of the building, it may not be for those who live near the southern end; because of the building’s entryway system, “you have to go up and down a lot if you want to go from one end of the building to the other,” 1901 resident Brian Gurewitz ’09 said in an email.

Fiona Miller ’09, who shares a three-room double in 1901 with her roommate, also noted that the building is “central in the [junior] slums,” which is great if a lot of your friends live in that area.

If you like to work out, 1901 may be a good choice; the dorm is “about 30 seconds away from Dillon Gym,” Miller said in an e-mail. She added that the building also has a common room with a TV.

In addition, the dorm’s “proximity to the U-Store is certainly a plus,” fellow 1901 resident Julius Dimas ’10 said in an e-mail.

But be warned: “If you live in the basement of 1901 entry 1, you'll be serenaded on a nightly basis by the Nassoons,” Gurewitz said.