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Tower Court: Who Lived Here Before You?

The Facts

Soong May-lin ’17 lived in Tower when both were young. She majored in English literature (minor in philosophy) and was a member of Tau Zeta Epsilon. Born in Shanghai, she returned to China, playing a prominent role in the Chinese Nationalist movement and becoming known around the world as Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Californian Nora Ephron ’62 majored in political science and edited Wellesley News. After a start in news, she became a popular essayist and revered filmmaker. New Orleans native Desiree Rogers ’81 (also a poli sci major) worked in the Obama White House and became CEO of Johnson Publishing Company in 2010.

Lake House: Who Lives Here Now?

The Facts

The three H's! Helen, from Boulder, Colo., is an econ major who loves running. Hailey, majoring in international relations and economics, comes from Edina, Minn., and would like to be a broadcast journalist specializing in economic journalism. Hannah, a studio art and art history major from Belmont, Mass., is passionate about economic game theory, Mediterranean cultures, languages, samba, and Capoeira.

Tower Court: Who Lived Here Before You?

The Facts

Soong May-lin ’17 lived in Tower when both were young. She majored in English literature (minor in philosophy) and was a member of Tau Zeta Epsilon. Born in Shanghai, she returned to China, playing a prominent role in the Chinese Nationalist movement and becoming known around the world as Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Californian Nora Ephron ’62 majored in political science and edited Wellesley News. After a start in news, she became a popular essayist and revered filmmaker. New Orleans native Desiree Rogers ’81 (also a poli sci major) worked in the Obama White House and became CEO of Johnson Publishing Company in 2010.

Director: Meghan Todd x2741

Who Lives Here: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students

Number of Residents: 282

Average Square Feet per Student: 359

Types of Rooms: 132 singles, 47 doubles, 12 triples, 10 suites

Percent Single Rooms: 47%

Closest Dining Hall: Tower, which is peanut free.

Closest Café: Café Hoop/Emporium

Pet Friendly? Yes, on the sixth floor.

Did You Know? Tower was all about the bathroom. When it was built in 1917, bathrooms were arranged so no student had to walk more than 50 feet to reach one, and there was one bathroom for every five students. Tower also had the first showers at Wellesley. In reality, bathrooms came second to fire prevention. Tower Court was built on the location of the original College Hall, destroyed by fire in 1914. Although that fire had no fatalities, Tower was fire-proofed using the most advanced techniques of the day. Stairways were arranged so that every student would have two avenues of escape and were enclosed to reduce smoke inhalation. The largest res hall on campus, five-story Tower provides beautiful views of Lake Waban and Severance Green. It's the center building in the Tower Complex, which comprises Tower Court East and West plus Severence and Claflin Halls.

Lake House: Who Lives Here Now?

The Facts

The three H's! Helen, from Boulder, Colo., is an econ major who loves running. Hailey, majoring in international relations and economics, comes from Edina, Minn., and would like to be a broadcast journalist specializing in economic journalism. Hannah, a studio art and art history major from Belmont, Mass., is passionate about economic game theory, Mediterranean cultures, languages, samba, and Capoeira.

Director: Meghan Todd x2741

Who Lives Here: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students

Number of Residents: 282

Average Square Feet per Student: 359

Types of Rooms: 132 singles, 47 doubles, 12 triples, 10 suites

Percent Single Rooms: 47%

Closest Dining Hall: Tower, which is peanut free.

Closest Café: Café Hoop/Emporium

Pet Friendly? Yes, on the sixth floor.

Did You Know? Tower was all about the bathroom. When it was built in 1917, bathrooms were arranged so no student had to walk more than 50 feet to reach one, and there was one bathroom for every five students. Tower also had the first showers at Wellesley. In reality, bathrooms came second to fire prevention. Tower Court was built on the location of the original College Hall, destroyed by fire in 1914. Although that fire had no fatalities, Tower was fire-proofed using the most advanced techniques of the day. Stairways were arranged so that every student would have two avenues of escape and were enclosed to reduce smoke inhalation. The largest res hall on campus, five-story Tower provides beautiful views of Lake Waban and Severance Green. It's the center building in the Tower Complex, which comprises Tower Court East and West plus Severence and Claflin Halls.