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Chase House

Originally built in 1827, Chase House was occupied by several prominent local families until established as a school for girls by Mary A. Burnham in the 1870s. The Burnham School was incorporated into the college as a campus house in 1968 and named for Mary Ellen Chase, an accomplished writer and professor of English literature at Smith.

Chase maintains a cheerful and relaxed house environment, and late night chats in the living room are a popular social activity. The house hosts tea every week and several study breaks as well, along with two larger annual events: winter and spring weekend. Chase also has an area coordinator office on the ground floor.

Substance Free Portion of the House

The third floor and half of the second floor of Chase are substance free.

The application to live on the substance-free floor is available on the Forms & Applications page. Upon assignment to substance-free housing, each resident must complete the online housing contract, also located on the Forms & Applications page (both forms, the application and the contract, are listed under "Room Draw Forms"). Information about the lottery is available on the Special-Interest Housing Lottery page.

Year Built 1810
Renovations 1995
Capacity 57
Residential Floors 3
Singles 57
Doubles 0
Triples 0
Approximate number sharing a bathroom 27
Handicapped accessible Yes
Elevator Yes

Floor Plans