Yellow and green flags were waving from the facade of Leverett House this weekend as students moved into McKinlock Hall, which was reopening after over a year of construction.
The building is the largest completed renovation to date in the College’s more than $1 billion House renewal project, and the modernized social spaces and bedrooms have drawn praise from the Leverett community.
“It’s spacious, it’s clean, it’s wonderful, to be honest. I couldn’t be happier with my rooming situation,” said McKinlock resident Cecilia M. Eberhard ’17.
Sula B. Ndousse-Fetter ’17, another new resident, echoed Eberhard’s sentiments.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “There’s hardwood flooring, and I think some furniture came with some of the suites, so there’s really nothing to complain about.”
The long hallways—which resemble those of Quincy’s renovated Stone Hall—feature a combination of singles, doubles, triples, and larger suites, as well as shared common spaces with couches, tables, and a television. The project included the first dining hall rennovation of the renewal process.
The building also houses elevators and gender-neutral restrooms. The changes are part of a push throughout the House renewal process to improve dorm accessibility.
While all of the restrooms are currently labeled as unisex, some may soon revert to single-sex. According to Eberhard, members of the McKinlock entryways will convene this week to determine which restrooms will be designated as single-sex and which will remain unisex.
“It’s really nice that they’re considering our personal views on the whole thing,” she said.
Leverett House Master Howard Georgi ’67 expressed his enthusiasm for the newly renovated hall and highlighted the addition of new common spaces that he hopes may help students have impromptu events.
“My favorite is the Rabbit Hole—our name for the basement common room. Leverites have already started hanging out there,” Georgi wrote in an email.
The renovated basement boasts art spaces, music practice rooms, and a lounge with games and study spaces. After moving in, Ndousse-Fetter and Kat E. Kearney ’17 made use of the communal art supplies to paint in the basement.
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