Facilities & Special Rooms

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Art Room
The House’s art studio, complete with easels and other necessities of artistic endeavor, is located in the basement under A-entry. Provided that sufficient student interest is shown, informal classes will be arranged throughout the year. Access is available through the Building Manager’s office. Keep an eye out on the Eliot e-mail list for information on the studio.

Computer Room
In the basement of B-entryway, accessible through A and C-entries, the computer lab is equipped with three IBM desktops, two Apple IMacs, a color flatbed scanner and a laser printer. You can add balance to your printing account via Termbill or Credit Card (go to http://papercut.fas.harvard.edu). It is possible to print to the lab printer directly from your computer. Read more about this and report lab problems at http://www.fas-it.fas.harvard.edu or call 5-9000.

Dance Studio
A wonderful practice space, the dance studio comes complete with a mirrored wall (and, strangely enough, a pole). It is available to both individuals and larger groups, and it hosts occasional dance and yoga classes. The Dance Room is located in the basement between C and D-entries. The dance studio can be reserved through the website and the key is available from the Superintendent's Office.

F.O. Matthiessen Room
The Matthiessen Room, located in C-11, is named in memory of Eliot House’s first Senior Tutor, F.O. Matthiessen (1902-50), a distinguished scholar of English and American literature, a social activist, and a political thinker. The room contains 1700 volumes from Matthiessen’s professional library as well as most of his manuscripts. In addition, the collection includes books and manuscripts by a number of his contemporaries including T. S. Eliot, Perry Miller, Theodore Spencer, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams. The room’s holdings are available for research purposes to Eliot House students of American literature and culture.

Golden Arm
Located in the basement of F entryway, The Golden Arm is Eliot's best movie watching space. Screenings are held regularly (watch the house email list). If you wish to organize a screening, please reserve the room on the website and check out the key from the Building Manager's office.

The Eliot grille boasts great burgers and sandwiches, a large selection of malts and smoothies. And mozzarella sticks! Crimson Cash accepted.  The Grille is also available for parties, shoot Sue Weltman, weltman@fas.harvard.edu an email to reserve it.

Junior Common Room
All members of the house are permitted access to the Junior Common Room, which is located in H-entry. Although the JCR may be reserved for study breaks and meetings of HoCo and other special groups, it is primarily intended for conversation, browsing, board games, or playing the room’s Steinway piano. Direct all reservation inquiries to Sue Weltman in the House Office.

Student Kitchen
A kitchenette is located on the ground floor of H-entry opposite the Memorial Dining Room. Sign-up through the website and the key is available through the Building Manager’s Office. Any person using the kitchenette is responsible for clean-up.

Laundry Room
Washers and dryers for House members’ use are located in the basement of I entry and are owned and operated by the Maytag Company. HoCo retains a portion of the receipts from the high-capacity, ultra-energy-efficient machines, which accept both quarters and Crimson Cash. The laundry facilities are available 24 hours a day. Machine malfunctions may be reported to the Building Manager’s office or directly to the vendor, whose phone number is posted in the laundry room. It is also necessary to call this number in order to request a refund due to a machine malfunction.

Located on the second floor of C entryway, Eliot's stately library is accessible to Eliot students 24 hours a day though swipe access.

Memorial Dining Room
The Memorial Dining Room, on the ground floor of H-entry, given in memory of Thomas S. Gates, III, 56, William C. Boyden, III, ‘57, and Myron Timothy Herrick, ‘57, allows small groups to meet for meals. Please email Sue Weltman, weltman@fas.harvard.edu to see if the room is available.  

Music Spaces

Paul Gilligan Weight and Exercise Room
If you would like to avoid the MAC and work out at Eliot instead, visit the newly renovated weight room, containing ergonometers and other exercise equipment for student use. The Weight Room is located in the basement between D and F-Entries.

Tower Room
The tower room is accessible through H entry, and contains a grand piano given to the House by one of its best-known alumni, Leonard Bernstein. It also boasts a notoriously fickle lock; those brave enough to climb the stairs are well-advised to both bring a cellphone, and maybe have a friend around to let you out in the semi-likely chance you become trapped. Inquire about access in the Building Manager’s Office.

TV Room
The room across from the EWC office (T-27) is the home of the new Television. It is a space separate from the Grille that provides the proper cinematic atmosphere for your TV and movie watching.

Eliot House has its own non-resident tutor for woodworking and design - George Kenty - who is in charge of the woodshop in the basement of D-entry. George holds classes designed specifically for Eliot house residents, about the fundamentals of woodworking and furniture design. In addition, students can gain access to the woodshop in order to work on projects at their leisure, provided they have successfully passed a safety orientation.