All but one of Harvard College’s 12 upperclassman houses will place students in overflow housing next year as the school’s oversized freshman class moves out of dormitories in Harvard Yard.
Though students were excited to return to Harvard’s dorms this fall, upon their arrival some found unwelcome guests, including insects and mushrooms, and crumbling infrastructure in their rooms.
Boasting an improved ventilation system and expanded dining spaces, renovations to Claverly Hall of Adams House wrapped up earlier this month, marking the end of the first of three phases of the House’s renewal project.
Construction on Adams House has resumed after a five-month hiatus due to the City of Cambridge’s decision to place a moratorium on construction projects in response to the ongoing spread of coronavirus, according to an email sent to House affiliates Saturday.
The renovation of Adams House faces another delay after the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused an indefinite construction suspension, Faculty Dean Sean Palfrey ’67 wrote in a Friday email to The Crimson.
The bells are rung by the Lowell House Society of Russian Bell Ringers, an organization of “earplug-wearing and weather-braving” undergraduate bell ringers — and are officially known as “Klappermeisters,” according to the Lowell House website.
Apthorp House, which has served as Adams House’s faculty dean residence since 1931, anticipates at least a six month delay in the reopening of the building.
Harvard administrators relocated several Dunster House affiliates into temporary accommodations after discovering an outbreak of mold in September, according to several affected students.
Renovated Lowell House Will Not Display Portrait of Controversial Former University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell
Lowell House will not display portraits of former University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Class of 1877, and his wife Anna Parker Lowell when it reopens in the fall, incoming Faculty Deans David I. Laibson ’88 and Nina Zipser announced in a Friday email to House residents.
The Adams House renovations timeline, previously slated to begin in June 2019 and take three years, will now extend another year and conclude by August 2023, Faculty of Arts and Sciences administrators announced at a Tuesday town hall.
Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin have served as the faculty deans of Lowell House for twenty years. This spring they will step down.
Harvard admins have proposed giving the groups new space in the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center, an athletic facility in the Quad.
Eck and Austin’s decision to step down comes after 20 years as Lowell faculty deans. A committee will choose new faculty deans before the start of the next academic year.
Students called on architects to keep the "finer details" of Adams House intact during planned renovations at a town hall held Wednesday night.