The Choates Residential Cluster

by The Dartmouth | 1/22/15 4:02pm

by Natalie Cantave / The Dartmouth

Year Built: 1956

In response to the 1955 faculty committee’s assertion that Dartmouth’s existing dormitories looked like military barracks, the College built the Choates in an effort to create a more intimate learning community. But a few years after the Choates’ construction, a survey showed that a sixth of the rooms in the Choates were completely empty, as students had taken all the furniture and moved out. The windowed hallways connecting Little with Brown and Cohen with Bissell Halls have been affectionately referred to as “hamster tunnels” by students.