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Comstock House

Comstock House is one of the 10 houses of "the Quad." Many of the single rooms have a splendid view of Paradise Pond.

The complex was built in stages starting in 1922 to alleviate a housing shortage on campus. When all the houses were completed in 1936, William Allan Neilson, then the president of Smith, pronounced it the "Great Quadrangle."

Comstock and its twin neighbor, Wilder, were built in 1928. They share a covered front entrance and a bell tower, and their back wings join to form a courtyard which is nicknamed the "mini-quad."

Although Comstock has a twin, its many traditions set it apart from the rest. The house is haunted by a friendly ghost named Gloria. Gloria rattles doors and makes unexpected appearances to Comstock sleepers. Each semester, various students host roomwarming, which is a great study break and an opportunity to visit other student rooms. Traditionally the first-year students plan a small house activity during Halloween, like roasting marshmallows and sharing scary stories. Senior dinner is one of the last chances for the whole house to gather before final exams and graduation. Each class presents something to the seniors, whether it be poems, toasts or prophecies. The night ends with seniors willing their items to the underclass students.

Year Built 1930
Renovations 2000
Capacity 81
Residential floors 3
Singles 58
Doubles 10
Triples 1
Approximate number sharing a bathroom 30
Handicapped accessible Yes
Elevator Yes

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