Want to know more about our residences for first-year students? Read on!
The Frosh Quad
Williams and Sage form the Frosh Quad (which is great on warm days for Frisbee, studying at one of the picnic tables, or hanging out in the sun). Each room in the Frosh Quad varies by entry, making for a variety of living quarters – from singles to “intimate doubles” (read small, but cozy – very cozy) joined by a common room. Bathrooms are usually single-sex, and are shared by 4-6 people. The Frosh Quad is adjacent to the Paresky Center, which is a great place to hang out. First-year students & their JA’s also have their own dining halls at Mission Park (although all students, including first-year students, can eat in any dining hall).
Williams Hall, built in 1911, was named for our collegiate benefactor Colonel Ephraim Williams. Williams fell mortally wounded leading his troops near Lake George, New York, in 1755. A month before his death, Williams had completed his last will & testament leaving funds to establish a free school (quick quiz : that became a college in 179_) in his home town to be re-named Williamstown. Did you get it? If not, we hope you applied to Amherst – we hear they’ll take anyone. It may be of interest to future Amherst College enemies that while Lord Jeffrey Amherst also fought the French and Indians in the same lengthy conflict in which Williams lost his life, Lord Jeff did not arrive in North America until 1758 – three years after Williams’ demise. Thus, by historical accident (or fate?), Amherst was not Williams’ superior officer as Amherst’s historically inaccurate students will claim at sporting events.
Williams Hall Floorplans:
Sage Hall, built in 1923, is the mirror-image of Williams. Before there was a Sage Hall, there was a nice set of clay tennis courts, but alas, they are no more. And now there is Sage, a beautiful Georgian style building (relax, those of you who have not seen the campus, a few of the buildings may be of a similar style, but it honestly hardly will phase you. Besides, if you are going to have buildings in the same style, Georgian is a good choice). Both Williams & Sage were built by architect Ralph Adams Cram (architect of the giant St. John the Divine church in New York, just one of his many famous buildings).
Sage Hall Floorplans:
Mission Park is made up of four sections, each of which has horizontal entries. The central spaces in Mission Park have great lounges with pool tables, a kitchen, and comfortable couches. We’ll be the first to admit that Mission is a funny looking building (winner of an architectural award my foot) – but first-years who live there have no complaints. Almost all of the rooms in Mission Park are singles, but are situated along horizontal entries, in funny little zig-zag angled ways.
Mission Park takes its name from the part of campus where, in 1806, five Williams students gathered in the then-maple grove on a warm summer day to discuss their interest in spreading Christianity. When a sudden lightning storm interrupted their discussion, they took shelter in a nearby haystack (check out the Haystack Monument on your way to the building!), huddling and praying for foreign missionaries. Although not praying, ironically, to be hiding under something less flammable than a stack of hay…
Mission Park offers an in-house dining hall (appropriately named Mission Park Dining Hall), which makes for an easy venture for a good hot meal on a cold winter day.
Armstrong makes up the western-most section of Mission Park. Of course you’re just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the dining hall, and close to Park Street. And don’t forget the beautiful views of the Park and the Mountains! However not only are you a stones throw from the tennis and outdoor basketball courts (IM Basketball anyone?!), you still can wake up and go to breakfast in your pajamas!
Pratt makes up the west-central section of Mission Park, and along with Mills sits just above some of the main common spaces where you and your entrymates can take on a game of pool or stay up late chatting each other up or studying.
Mills comprises the east-central section of Mission Park. Both Mills & Pratt have great views of Mission Park (meaning, the actual park – green grass, lovely trees, and the Haystack Monument) to the south, and the Mountains, the MOUNTAINS! to the North.
Dennett is the eastern-most section of Mission Park. Much like Armstrong on the other end of the building, you’re close to everything, have wonderful views, and can still hit the dining hall in your fuzzy slippers without having to step outside.