Renovated Lowell House Will Not Display Portrait of Controversial Former University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell
Lowell House will not display portraits of former University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Class of 1877, and his wife Anna Parker Lowell when it reopens in the fall, incoming Faculty Deans David I. Laibson ’88 and Nina Zipser announced in a Friday email to House residents.
The Adams House renovations timeline, previously slated to begin in June 2019 and take three years, will now extend another year and conclude by August 2023, Faculty of Arts and Sciences administrators announced at a Tuesday town hall.
Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin have served as the faculty deans of Lowell House for twenty years. This spring they will step down.
Harvard admins have proposed giving the groups new space in the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center, an athletic facility in the Quad.
Eck and Austin’s decision to step down comes after 20 years as Lowell faculty deans. A committee will choose new faculty deans before the start of the next academic year.
Students called on architects to keep the "finer details" of Adams House intact during planned renovations at a town hall held Wednesday night.
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.