The Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced in July of 2012 that Dunster would be the first full Harvard House to undergo renewal. Renovations began immediately following the 2014 Commencement ceremony. During the 2014-2015 academic year, while the House underwent construction, students lived in swing housing throughout Harvard Square, no farther than a block away from Harvard Yard.
The newly renovated Dunster preserves the classic neo-Georgian architecture of the past, while bringing the House into the 21st century. All new living spaces accompany an expanded House Grille and lounge area, as well as a brand new Smart Classroom, art studio, and fitness center. Hallmarks of the traditional Dunster building, such as the library and dining hall, retain their character. In addition to the House’s aesthetic merits, the renovation also transforms Dunster into a sustainable and environmentally conscious model, with a LEED Gold certification.
Read more about Dunster House Renewal in the Harvard Gazette!