Here and There at Tufts

Doane, Lewis


Metcalf Hall and Start House


Metcalf Hall, the principal women's dormitory on the Hill was erected in 1894 on the corner of Professors Row and Latin Way and was the gift of Albert Metcalf of Newton, a man who has been lavish in his gifts to Tufts College. The hall is a three-story building of yellow brick with gray stone trimmings, and consists of a main part and an ell; it is said that it was the original idea to have two main wings connected by an ell, but the plan was not carried out, and only one of the intended wings was ever built. In the main corridor of the hall, just opposite the entrance, there is a tablet on which is inscribed: " In honor of women and as a help to her higher education this building is erected by Albert Metcalf in 1894." The hall contains a matron's suite, a reception room, a reading room, kitchen, dining room and laundry conveniences, and servants' quarters, as well as dormitory accommodations for thirty-two women. The dining room is light and cheery, and has three tables large enough to seat all the girls of Metcalf Hall and Start House, the other dormitory, as well as many of the day students who come in occasionally for a luncheon or a dinner. The reading room is a favorite gathering place for the girls, and offers pleasant recreation through its piano and its magazines; this room is also used for the bi-weekly meetings of the All Around Club, the social club to which all the Tufts girls belong. Life at Metcalf Hall is the usual life of a girl's college dormitory; there are no end of chafing dish spreads and teas and fudge parties, and there is always an abundance of fun and jollity on foot.

  • Here and There at Tufts, was published by the class of 1909 as an early form of a yearbook. The text includes photographs and histories of academic buildings, dormitories, former deans and presidents, classrooms, fraternities, athletic teams, and student organizations.
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