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Exterior of Parsons House


Closed Fall 2023

Please note that Parsons House will be closed for renovations during the fall 2023 semester. If you have any questions, please contact your Area Director.


The site on which Parsons House now stands has played an important part in local history. The land is said to have been purchased by Cornet Joseph Parsons from Native Americans in 1645, before the first settlement of Northampton. The property served as the home for two generations of the Parsons family. It was eventually acquired by Miss Bessie Capen, who built what she called "Faunce House" to serve as a dormitory, library and recitation hall for the Capen School, which she founded in the early 1900s. Smith College acquired the property in 1921 and the house, renamed, has served as a Smith residence since that time.

Parsons is home to members of all four classes. Its location removes it from the noise and bustle of center campus, though it is only a 10- to 15-minute walk to academic buildings and downtown Northampton.

About Parsons House

Year built 1902
Capacity 49
Residential floors 4
Singles 22
Doubles 12
Triples 1
Approximate number sharing bathroom 18
Accessible Yes
Elevator No

Floor Plans

Floor plans are available in Residence Life Self-Service (login required) under "Room Draw"