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To relieve the housing shortage, Boston's famed Hotel Brunswick has been leased for three years by the University, and will be repainted and refurnished in time to accomodate students for the fall term, Edward Reynolds, administrative vice-president, announced Saturday.
The hostelry, opened in 1874 after $1,000,000 had been spent on construction, will be made available to either married veterans and their wives or single graduate students. If it is decided to admit couples, approximately 100 will be given two-room suites; if single men are to be accomodated, there will be room for nearly 200. In either case, a dining room will be operated on the main lobby floor.
Located on Boylston Street near Copley Square, the Brunswick's six upper floors will be controlled by a resident manager. Two restaurants and several shops now in the hotel basement will continue to be operated separately.
University negotiations were conducted by the Strans Hall housing office, to provide an addition to the 198 temporary housing units now being made available for married veterans with children.
With 61 years of virtually unbroken success, the old hotel has played host to many distinguished persons, including Presidents Grant, Garfield, and Arthur. Among the huge parties given there was the 70th birthday celebration of the poet Whittier.
During the war, the Brunswick was used as First District Headquarters of the Coast Guard.
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