Adams House Wing Will be Furnished In Italian Style---Library is Vaulted
Professor Baxter Outlines the Changes to be Made in Russell Hall
Plans for furnishing the two new wings being built between Westmorly and Russell Halls, which will contain the dining hall, common rooms, and the library of Adams House, were revealed yesterday by Professor J. P. Baxter, master of the House. At the same time he outlined generally the changes which will be made in converting Randoiph Hall and Westmorly Court into the new House.
The pride of Adams House will be its lower common room, situated in the west wing of the new building facing Plympton Street. It is largely modeled after a room in a Florentine palace, which has served as the source of the Italianate interior decorations and furnishings. The reason for this luxurious treatment of the room is due to the fact that it was planned when the out-of-date Russell-Hall was to be a part of Adams House. Thus the Lower Common Room was to serve as a balancing feature, but with announcement of a new building to take the place of the old dormitory no changes were made in the plans for the room.
The decorations will include a ceiling with large beams and a wooden floor done in Florentine style. A genuine antique Italian fireplace has been purchased and will soon be installed. As the gift of Mrs. F. B. Browning, daughter-in-law of the poet, a large carved sideboard in Italian style will be placed in the room to carry out the effect. As Professor Baxter explained, the chairs and lounges will not be of the straight-backed Italian type, but large and comfortable with Florentine fabrics.
Library Like Dunster
The oak-panelled library, placed on the second floor just back of the common room, will resemble Dunster's in size and shape, but will differ from the libraries of all other Houses in a high vaulted ceiling. An adjacent stack room will be two stories high, and will bring the capacity of the library to about 15,000 volumes.
Finished oak paneling will be used entirely in the dining hall, which fronts on Bow Street. At the north end of the dining hall a space will be partially partitioned off to form a waiting-room for students. The food will be prepared in the House's own kitchens in the basement of Westmorly.