House renewal is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history, aiming to transform the student experience by ensuring that each House can strongly support the learning and living needs of the modern undergraduate.
The Harvard Campaign, milestones in the arts, and scientific breakthroughs marked 2013-14 at Harvard.
The Harvard Gazette spoke with five members of Harvard’s governing boards, who also serve as co-chairs of the Harvard Campaign, to discuss Harvard’s fundraising effort, the environment in which it is occurring, its priorities, and its meaning to the co-chairs who give their time to execute it.
The renovation of Dunster House, which will be the first full House to undergo renewal, is to begin immediately after Commencement and last 15 months. The Dunster community will be relocated for the next academic year to “swing” facilities, with its temporary hub at the former Inn at Harvard, which is undergoing a complete renovation. Other House communities will also stay at the inn during future renewals.
Newly revealed plans for the renewal of Dunster House show significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways.
A gathering of the Leverett clan, amid House renewal, includes students living elsewhere temporarily.
Since students moved back into Quincy House’s Stone Hall in August, after 15 months of construction, they have explored and utilized the new academic, social, and study spaces in creative ways.
Winthrop House is expected to be the next undergraduate residence in Harvard College’s House system to be renewed.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith recently spoke about the priorities for the coming campaign and his vision for the FAS.
Harvard University kicked off the public phase of a $6.5 billion fundraising campaign today, designed to benefit key priorities during constrained financial times. If successful, it would be the largest ever in higher education.
Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde made themselves available to field questions from students in a “meet the deans” forum.
After 15 months of construction, the renewal of Old Quincy — the neo-Georgian portion of Quincy House — was completed Saturday when it was renamed Stone Hall in honor of Robert G. Stone Jr. ’45, the late senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy, the first test project in the House Renewal initiative, began welcoming students this week.
After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy is ready to welcome back students for the academic year.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds announced today that she will step down as dean on July 1, choosing to return to teaching and research in the departments of the History of Science and African and African American Studies.
Houses are at the heart of a Harvard College education. From My House to Our Harvard | 2012 FAS Film
Harvard is distinct for more reasons than you can count. From My House to Our Harvard | 2012 FAS Film
The first House renewal test project, Old Quincy, is nearly halfway through its 15-month renovation.
The second House renewal test project, Leverett’s McKinlock Hall, is scheduled to begin in June. The project will result in greater common and recreational space for students, which will help foster community and nurture learning.
During a recent open house at the Student Organization Center at Hilles, students toured furniture displays from four different companies. The feedback gathered from the students will help administrators both narrow down specifications for ordering furniture for Old Quincy and work toward a standard to draw on.
At its fourth meeting of the year on Oct. 24, the Faculty Council continued its discussion of proposed updates to the College’s alcohol policy and heard a presentation on House renewal.
The Hutchins Family Foundation is giving $30 million to Harvard that will support academic initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and also launch the Hutchins Family Challenge Fund for House Renewal.
Lamont Library will remain open 24/7 during reading period and final exams this academic year, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and interim librarian of Harvard College Susan Fliss announced today.
During the renovation of Old Quincy House, three swing spaces in Harvard Square have become residential extensions of the Quincy community: Ridgley Hall, Hampden Hall, and Fairfax Hall.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard College announced plans to launch the systemwide effort to renew the University’s 12 undergraduate Houses. The announcement unveils Dunster as the first full House to be renewed, along with the location of “swing” housing, and the pacing for the project.
Harvard University today announced plans to undertake a wide-ranging construction program that will result in the creation of nearly 3,600 local construction jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new local economic activity while ultimately funneling approximately $10 million into Cambridge city coffers in permitting fees alone.
House Masters and former students discuss learning outside the classroom and how the housing system enriches life and community at Harvard.
Alumni, students, and leaders of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences donned hard hats and plunged shovels into the earth to mark the launch of the Old Quincy Test Project.
A few visitors got a first glimpse of how Old Quincy House will look after completion of the renewal process next year, thanks to a tour of a full-scale mockup of the soon-to-be-renovated accommodations.
The renewal of Old Quincy, the neo-Georgian section of that student House, will re-create the space as more comfortable, modern, and better able to host academic and social activities. The project will begin next May and wrap up in the summer of 2013.
As it emerges from the worst of the global financial crisis, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is renewing its focus on priorities ranging from House Renewal to innovative pedagogy. With the release of the 2010 FAS annual report, Dean Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, spoke to the Gazette about his goals for the year.
As Commencement closes another chapter of the Harvard story, here is a brief backward glance at highlights of the year that was.
On Wednesday (April 1) Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds announced the release of the “Report on Harvard House Renewal” in an e-mail to the Harvard residential community. The report is a synthesis of the findings of the House Program Planning Committee, a group charged by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith with envisioning the “ideal” undergraduate House. The committee’s work comes in the context of a University commitment to renewing and refurbishing the undergraduate Houses.
On Wednesday (April 1) Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds announced the release of the “Report on Harvard House Renewal” in an e-mail to the Harvard residential community. The report is a synthesis of the findings of the House Program Planning Committee, a group charged by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith with envisioning the “ideal” undergraduate House.
A survey of Harvard undergraduates reveals a House system that, despite the need for renovations, meets student expectations well and, for most, serves as a space to be with a “smaller community of friends.”
A draft report on the House Renewal Program highlights a residential system that has in many ways worked as planned as it has aged, providing not just a roof over students’ heads, but fostering a supportive community that frames students’ years at Harvard and inspires House loyalty for decades after graduation.
Even as we absorb the implications of the global financial crisis and plan for how we might react to it, our commitment to provide our undergraduates with an unparalleled academic experience remains as strong as ever. Progress continues with our new Program in General Education and with planning for our ambitious House renewal effort. It is about the latter initiative that we are writing today.
More than bricks and beams, it is the people of the 12 undergraduate residential Houses who make the structure of residential life at Harvard transformational, complex, and robust. So, when the Faculty of Arts and Sciences decided to invest in student life by renovating the Houses, supporting House life was the guide for reinforcing and renovating the infrastructure.
Following a comprehensive assessment, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will begin planning a major renovation of Harvard University’s undergraduate residential Houses. The renovations, a significant, long-term project that is anticipated to involve all 12 Houses, will unfold over 15 years.