Quincy House Renovations on View

View images of mock-ups of the new room layouts.

A life-size model of a renovated Old Quincy suite includes a hallway, a "cluster" common room, a bathroom, a single bedroom, and a double bedroom set up in the parking garage at One Western Avenue, where contractors, architects and administrators can tour the mock-up. Click the "right arrow" below or use the arrow buttons on your keyboard to see more images.
Hallway and common room
Common room fireplace
Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom
Shower

this summer, Harvard will embark on its first test project in renewing the 12 undergraduate Houses—a long-term undertaking expected to cost more than $1 billion and to be funded through a combination of philanthropy and University investment. At Old Quincy, built in 1930, Harvard will try out previously articulated design goals—elimination of walk-through bedrooms, creation of new single bedrooms “clustered” around common rooms, addition of elevators for accessibility, and construction of internal corridors to connect entryways horizontally (even as the existing vertical entryways remain)—that will eventually guide the renovation of student rooms in all the Houses. Old Quincy is a convenient test site because it is less than half the size of typical Houses and contains none of their more complicated features, such as dining halls, master’s residences, or libraries. As part of the renovation process, planners have built full-scale mockups of student rooms in the parking garage at One Western Avenue, adjacent to the Harvard Business School campus. The photographs above offer a visual tour.

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