Monday, March 30, 2009

Real Estate: Little Hall

In This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald poetically refers to it as the “black Gothic snake of Little.” Indeed, there is something snake-like in the appearance of Little Hall, located east of Laughlin and the junior slums and running parallel to University Place. Designed by the Philadelphia firm Cope and Stewardson in the late 1890s, Little was the second of three of the “Collegiate Gothic” architecture style popular that now defines Princeton’s campus. Little was also the first dormitory on campus with indoor bathrooms.
Today, Little Hall is home bathrooms, singles, doubles, triples and quads. Many of the rooms are spacious with a fireplace, and some great lighting courtesy of several windows. Little also offers laundry rooms, kitchen/dining area, lounges and study.
Most residents laud Little Hall for its large rooms and location.
Neal Yuan ’10, who lives in a newly renovated quad this year really appreciates it.
“It’s a big quad,” he said, “I really can’t complain.”
Little has the convenience of proximity to either Dillon Gym or the U-Store, depending on which side you are on. The south side of Little is physically attached to Dillon Gym, ideal rooming situation for gym frequenters, especially on extremely cold days. The north side, on the other hand, boasts a 4-story tower that was once the most prominent aspect of the hall.
Many of the rooms in Little are part of Mathey College. This year, Little will have 3 singles, 2 doubles, 4 triples and 19 quads.