Lowell House Defies Mold

Although Lowell House is known for its traditional teas and winter waltzes, no stereotype can pin down the house's character.

"Lowell doesn't really have an image," says house committee co-chair Meredith A. FitzGerald '95. "That's why we're having trouble finding something to put on the T. Shirt."

Once upon a time, Lowell's image was "not really nerdy, but academically inclined," says house master William H. Bossert '59, who lived in Lowell as an undergraduate.

A few years ago, the house T-shirt described Lowell as the place where "every night is a Tuesday night," Bossert says.

But students say things have changed with randomization, and Lowell is becoming increasingly diverse.

In fact, some residents say the lack of a house stereotype was one reason they listed Lowell on their freshmen lottery forms.

Other students say they picked Lowell because of its convenient location, classic architecture, and spacious courtyards.

"The courtyards are really nice when the weather's warm," says Jessye E. Lapenn '93. "It is great if you want to have a picnic or a meal outside, or just hang out during the day."

And in the spring, the courtyards are the site of frequent barbeques, according to Todd A. Meister '93.

Each spring the house also gives an outdoor performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

"Everyone who has an instrument can show up and play," says Assistant Senior Tutor Christoph H. Luthy. "It turns into quite a frivolous thing"

Students say house events that take place throughout the year help create a sense of community.

One favorite is Lowell's weekly teas, which features pastries prepared and served by the masters. The Thursday teas are a longstanding tradition that began when the house opened in the 1930s, Bossert says.

"The teas are an opportunity for house bonding that I haven't seen happen in other houses," says Michael D. Rosenbaum '94 a former Crimson photography chair.

"They bring everyone together," says Joanna H. Lipper '94.