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Dudley House will finally find a home next year when its dining and common rooms, which have been housed in the old Ambassador Hotel since 1963, move into a renovated Lehman Hall.
Thomas E. Crooks '49, Master of Dudley House, said yesterday that the re-modeling of Lehman Hall can begin as soon as the Comptroller's Office moves from Lehman to Phase II of Holyoke Center, probably next January.
Tentative plans call for expansion of Dudley's present facilities to permit their and a Radcliffe study room which will use by both Cliffies and Harvard Extension Program students. A permanent dining rom serving three meals a day probably replace the one in the basement of Memorial Church will be added.
Dudley's present dining room provides only breakfast and lunch. Crooks and Reginald H. Phelps '30, director of the University Extension Program, hope that by opening the dining hall to extension students, whose classes meet at night, a third meal will become economically feasible.
Phelps said he feels that opening facilities to extension students will not change the undergraduate character of the House. "I don't think the hours that undergraduates and extension students would spend in the House will overlap significantly," he explained.
Crooks said yesterday that he and the Harvard Planning Office have discussed the possibility of including a private dining room, a library, a game room, and conference rooms in Lehman Hall. Phelps said he hopes to include a small reference library, a study lounge, and a television room for the use of both undergraduates and extension students.
Dudley's tutors' offices, student suites, guest suite, and art rooms will remain to change Dudley's residential arrangements. One hundred of the 353 House members are residents, and they will continue to live in Apley Court, the two cooperative Houses and four entries of Wigglesworth.
Crooks said yesterday that he hopes the new facilities will strengthen "the other way of going to Harvard."
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