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Ground-breaking operations for Radcliffe's ninth brick dormitory will begin April 29, it was learned yesterday from a representative of the firm Maginnis, Walsh, and Kennedy, architects for the new Ada Louise Comstock Hall.
The initial task of the contractors, the McCutcheon Co., will be the destruction of the clay tennis courts which now occupy the construction site behind Moors Hall
The spokesman for the architectural firm said that the dormitory would be completed by September, 1958, the proposed date of occupancy announced by Radcliffe President Wilbur K. Jordan last November when plans for the building were first revealed.
The exterior of Comstock will closely resemble Holmes Hall, although it will be 10 feet longer and will have a different entrance design. The dormitory, whose main door will open on Walker Street, will complete the three-dorm unit begun with Moors and Holmes, and all three will use the same kitchen.
Comstock's interior, however, will incorporate several changes from the present eight dormitories. There will be a suite of rooms for a resident tutor, with the expectation that his wife will serve as housemother for the dormitory.
Unlike the present buildings, the ninth dormitory will not have smokers on the individual floors, but will feature a typing and smoking lounge as well as a study room in the basement. Absence of the floor smokers would seem to indicate that the ban on smoking in individual rooms throughout the college will be lifted at the time Comstock is opened.
Basement Offices Included
Four basement rooms will provide offices or meeting places for undergraduate organizations, particularly the Student Council, which now lacks adequate office space. Comstock will also have a private dining room which will be used by both Administration and student groups.
The capacity of the hall will be 108 students, who will live in 45 double rooms and 18 singles. There will be no economy doubles with bunk-beds as these are considered "sub-standard" by the College, and exist in the other dorms only because of the shortage of living quarters.
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