House Renewal

House Renewal is a long-term initiative to renovate, programmatically and physically, Harvard’s residential Houses. Renewal of the Houses is a cornerstone of the University’s overall effort to closely examine, renew, and reinvest in the Harvard undergraduate experience.

In July of 2012, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced that Dunster will be the first House to be completely renewed. Beginning in the summer of 2014, Dunster House will be taken offline and its students relocated to temporary housing until school reopens in fall of

House Master Roger Porter noted of the House Renewal project, “We’re very pleased that Dunster will be the first full House to be renewed. This is an exciting development for all of us who love Dunster and want it to remain a vibrant place for students to live and learn for decades to come.”

To learn more about the new vision for Dunster House, please visit the House Renewal Page on the Office of Student Life Website and the January 2014 article on House Renewal in the Harvard Gazette.

Map of Swing Buildings and Student Life Spaces in Swing

The swing buildings are as follows (all in Cambridge, MA):

  • 20A Prescott Street
  • 20 Prescott Street
  • 22 Prescott Street
  • 24 Prescott Street
  • The Inn at Harvard, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Fairfax Hall, 1306 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Ridgley Hall, 65 Mount Auburn Street
  • Hampden Hall, 8 Plympton Street