Friday, March 27, 2009

Real Estate: Wilf Hall

Wilf Hall, part of the brand new Butler College complex, is the latest housing option available for upperclassmen. Janet and Mark Wilf ’84 donated $4.5 million for the construction of the dormitory, which was designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York and is scheduled to open in fall 2009.

A relatively small complex of four floors, Wilf has only 25 rooms, made up of 19 singles and 6 quads. Each quad has its own private bathroom, and 18 of the singles will share a bathroom between two rooms. There will be kitchens on the second, third and fourth floors, as well as a study area on the first floor. None of the floors will have a hall bathroom or laundry area.

Despite its attractive new features, however, some students are still reluctant to move so far away from the more traditional junior “slums.” Ian Arnold’11 was interested in living in Wilf but changed his mind because “Butler is about as far as you can get from the E-Quad, so now I’m thinking more along the lines of the general junior slums.”

Among seniors, however, Wilf appears to be relatively popular, as there are only seven singles and four quads left in the building after the first day of room draw.