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A New Chapter For Hitchcock

Jason Lyon '10 and Astrid Bradley '09
Jason Lyon '10 (left) and Astrid Bradley '09 in newly renovated Hitchcock Hall's second-floor lounge. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Following more than a year of extensive renovations, Hitchcock Hall reopened at the start of winter term. The 1914 residence hall now houses 86 students, most in single rooms, and includes common spaces on each floor. The building has all new heating, plumbing, wiring, windows, and insulation. "Green" features include high-efficiency lighting and a shower drain heat-recovery system.

The benefits go beyond brick and mortar, according to Undergraduate Advisor Farshad Chowdhury '09. "The surroundings are pristine, and the new environment has injected fresh energy into the floor dynamic," he says.

Woody Eckels, director of residential operations, notes that the demolition process brought some surprises-in the form of items fallen into hidden spaces and left behind by generations of former students. "My favorite find was a letter to William "Wemo" Epply '44 from his brother," Eckels says. "Wemo was a classmate of my father [David T. Eckels '44, Tuck '46] and I've known him since I was a child. He now has the letter."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08