Cliffe Officials Consider Plans to Remodel Quad
Radcliffe officials are now considering architect Max Abramovitz' plan for remodeling the quad, which includes the building of a common dining hall for Cabot, Whitman, Eliot, Bertram, Barnard, and Briggs.
The dining hall would be built between Eliot and Bertram; another one behind Connors Hall would service the remaining three dormitories.
The plan is "a long way from being definite," according to Arthur D. Trottenberg, administrative Vice-President. He called it part of the "architect's schematics," "visual exploration."
Fourth House to Be Finished
Before any decision is made on the proposal, the Radcliffe Council, the executive organ of the College trustees, will proceed with the fourth House and the library-study center. One official estimated that these two projects would take "five or six years at least" to complete.
Catherine D. Williston, associate dean of North House, called the Abramovitz' plans "very exciting," "fine," and "interesting," but added that the deans as a group had not yet given them lengthy consideration. She stated that the whole proposal, including the common dining halls, is so far only being considered on an architectural level. Discussion of other factors has not yet begun.
A number of "fancy and expensive" innovations were also proposed by Abramovitz, reported Adele Smith '63, president of RGA, such as rebuilding the driveway (presently located between Bertram and Eliot) and digging underground passages.
The success of the campaign for funds will largely determine the extent of the rebuilding. Trottenberg said. It will also determine the timetable of the project.
Trottenberg refused to comment on what would be done with the present dining halls, if new, larger ones were built, calling the question "hypothetical."
"RGA will certainly be consulted," he stated, before the final decisions are made, and "there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion."