A New Dormitory.
The plans of the building, made by J. R. Coolidge, Jr., and Vernon A. Wright, of 89 State Street, Boston, call for a building on three sides of a hollow square, the fourth side being open toward the house of Professor Niles, the historic old Apthorp mansion, generally known as the "Bishop's Palace."
The large courtyard in the centre is the key to the whole arrangement. It will be 125 feet wide and 90 feet deep. Across the rear, fronting on the Niles house, will be an ornamental iron fence, with gates on Linden and Plympton Sts. From the court there will be entrances to the stairways, each of which will serve two suites on a floor. There will also be two entrances on Bow St. As that street is lower than the level of the court the building will be one story higher there than on the court. The only corridor is to be on this lower floor, giving access to all the stairways from Bow St.
There will be fifty suites. Those on one stair-case will be separated from those on another by a thick brick wall to serve as a fire protection and to deaden noise. Each suite will contain a study, bathroom, and, as a rule, two bed-rooms, but there will be a few single rooms. Special attention has been given to ventilation and lighting. Every suite will have a street and court frontage, and in every study there will be a large window eight feet wide with a stationary window-seat.
On the ground floor, Bow St. front, there will be a reading room, gymnasium, showers, and bicycle room. In the basement hand-ball courts will be provided. The inside finishings will be in antique oak.
The building will be five stories high on Bow street. It will constructed of red brick with the exception that granite will be used for the first story on that street. The cost will be $150,000. The architecture follows the English style of dormitory now in use at Oxford and Cambridge.
The building will be known as Randolph Hall. It is expected to be ready for occupation at the beginning of next term. The contract will be awarded in the near future and the work commenced as soon as possible.