House Renewal

Gender Neutral Restroom
House Life

Quincy Residents Add Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Quincy House students and staff have celebrated students' decision to designate all hallway bathrooms on their floor as gender-neutral.

Lowell Renovation
Scrutiny

A Social Blueprint: Harvard's Houses, From Randomization to Renewal

Amid campus-wide debate on Harvard’s social landscape, some hope that the time is ripe to breathe life into a tired social scene stifled by a socially fractured student body.

Adams House Renewal
Adams

During Adams Renewal, Some Won't Need Swing Housing

The renewal of Adams House will progress in stages, with students remaining in the House while others live in swing housing. The dining hall will likely remain open.

Climbing Wall Moved to the Quad
Student Life

Expanded Climbing Wall Reopens at QRAC

Although the new wall is located near the Quad and away from the center of campus, students say attendance numbers in the gym have increased since its relocation.

Roach
House Life

With House Renewal, Students Move In and Cockroaches Move Out

According to Zachary M. Gingo ’98, Senior Director of Operations for the Building Operations group, cockroach sightings around the River Houses have been declining as Harvard has renovated older buildings.

Winthrop's Renovations
House Life

Winthrop Fixes Swipe Restrictions for Non-Residents

After Winthrop reopened for the school year, some non-residents found themselves unable to swipe into certain areas of the building where students live.

The Lowell Inn
College

Lowell Resumes Afternoon Tea in Swing Housing

Though Lowell Tea has been a fixture of the House’s culture since it first opened in 1930, but, now, 77 years later, the tea is being hosted in a new space: the former Inn at Harvard.

Lowell House Construction
College

Lowell House Construction

With the completion of Winthrop House renewal, construction on Lowell House begins.

Renovated Winthrop
Winthrop

Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget, Winthrop House Reopens

Winthrop House opened its doors Saturday following a year-long renovation that included the addition of a new hall to the upperclassman residence.

Adams
FAS

Adams House Expected to Begin Renovations in June 2019

Adams construction is expected to overlap slightly with the two years of construction on Lowell House, which is set to begin in June and end in August 2019, according to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith.

Adams House Exterior
College

Adams House to be Renovated After Lowell

​Harvard is expected to renovate Adams House as the sixth installment in the more than $1 billion project to modernize and renovate the College’s upperclassmen Houses.

Winthrop Reconstruction
College

Winthrop Reconstruction

Winthrop House is currently undergoing reconstruction as part of Harvard's house renewal project.

On Campus

Asbestos ‘Everywhere,’ But Risk is Minimal, Administrators Say

Presence of asbestos in the Houses is largely not a concern to administrators, who say that it is unlikely the chemical will pose any sort of health risks to students.

House Renewal Gift Timeline
FAS

House Renewal Gift Timeline

Dunster Construction
House Life

‘It’s Gifts and It’s Debt'

Between an underperforming endowment, dwindling reserves, cumbersome architectural regulations, and lukewarm support from donors, House renewal is an uphill battle.