Trottenberg Discloses Plans for Tenth House
Arthur D. Trottenberg '48, assistant dean of the Faculty for Resources and Planning, yesterday disclosed some of the features which the University plans to incorporate in the tenth House.
In an effort to have a "more distinct separation of communal facilities from the rest of the House," the dining hall, common rooms and library will be built together as a single unit, Trottenberg said. He added that his committee hopes that this will encourage greater use of these areas.
Each member of the new House will have his own individual study-bedroom, but the room set-up will be flexible enough to allow several different sizes of roommate groups.
There will be room in the House for 400 undergraduates and 11 resident tutors. Some of the new rooms will be used to relieve overcrowding in the other Houses. The rest will accommodate what a recent report of the Committee on Expansion called "the small but historically unremitting increase in the undergraduate body."
Trottenberg speculated that it will probably be more difficult to obtain permission to live off campus after the new House is built.
It will be at least two years before construction on the new House begins, Trottenberg predicted. He said that the University has not yet acquired all the land it will need.
The superintendent's office will be placed near the main entry, as it is in Quincy and Leverett. There will be a classroom for 25 people and two seminar rooms which will each serve eight to ten students.
A five-member Faculty Committee on the Tenth House, which Trottenberg heads, made the plans for the new House after considering suggestions from faculty members, students, superintendents of the present Houses, House dining hall workers and other House employees.
The committee also made a general reappraisal of the House system at Harvard. It concluded that the system as a whole is "working well" but recommended a "substantial expenditure of money to provide many more private rooms in the rest of the college without making major structural changes."