Baker House - The Historical Collection | ... Alvar Aalto ... Everett Moore Baker ... a place that over 5900 of us have called home ...

This site has a bunch of stuff relating to Baker House, or more officially "The Everett Moore Baker House of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology". Baker House is one of the undergraduate dorms at MIT, but it's more than just a pile of bricks designed by a pretty good architect and named after a pretty nice guy.

For us, Baker House was home. The friends we made there helped keep us sane during our stay at MIT. And a lot of those friendships are still going strong, long after leaving MIT and Baker House -- on our way to conquering the world...

The "Baker Spirit" lives on !

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Quick Start...

So what is where on this website?  Here's a quick guide...

Alvar Aalto: The man who dreamed up a home for us...

Everett Moore Baker: The place was named is his honor...

Building W7 (the building itself)

Architectural Significance: The place really is something special...

Construction: The construction of "Building W7"

Renovations: The major renovations in the late 1990s

Data & Statistics: Floor plans, room sizes, and other nerdy numbers

Spirit, Events, and Trends:

All the random things that made it a more than just a structure housing 350-plus MIT undergraduates.  
Things like crowding, commonshouse trivia, and piano drops...
And things like the 1955 May Day Riot, the 1957 Tuition Riot, the snow barrier on Memorial Drive (1959),
the MIT Icicle Association (1960), and having snow in the 2nd floor showers (1968)...

Timeline: When did that happen?

Pictures: Mostly historical.  And we're still looking for the House Slide Collection...

Documents: 4000-plus pages of house documents

Who's Who

Housemasters: In loco parentis

House Officers: The grease...

Year-by-Year: A detailed list of everyone to helped make a community

1949-19601960-19701970-19801980-19901990-20002000-20102010-2020

 

Nafi Toksöz Fellowship

Piano Drop 2013: October 25 @ 5pm

 The Piano Drop this year (2013) will be on Friday October 25 at 5pm (not 4:30pm as previously reported)...

Pictures from 1978-1979 (Cindy Reedy)

Pictures that Cindy Reedy managed to hang onto for over 30 years...

Baker House 1978-1979
(Cindy Reedy archives)

2013-06-09 Baker Brunch

Brunch for the Classes of 1972 through 1982, hosted by Jeff Halis '76.

2013-06-09 Baker Brunch

Boston’s Best Buildings...

We're famous!

http://boston.cbslocal.com/top-lists/bostons-best-buildings-or-works-of-architecture/ 


Boston’s Best Buildings Or Works Of Architecture

October 8, 2012 4:00 AM

Boston is a city known for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The buildings that lend to this reputation have a tendency to be sites that are important to the history of the United States. However, there are also buildings that are more modern and lend diversity to Boston architecture. No matter your architectural taste, this city offers a little something for everyone...

 

Ghosts in the ROM

That's Alan Oppenheimer '82 in one of the Apple Mac SE ROM images...

http://www.nycresistor.com/2012/08/21/ghosts-in-the-rom/

The M. Nafi Toksöz Fellowship Fund

MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) recently created the M. Nafi Toksöz Fellowship Fund, an endowed fellowship in Nafi's honor.  Nafi and Helena were our housemasters from 1969 to 1980.

The EAPS Department has already raised about $700K.  But the goal is to raise $1 million in endowed funds, which will -- in perpetuity -- support at least one graduate student for one academic year.

The EAPS Department is hoping that students who were Bakerites during Nafi and Helena's time as housemasters will also help raise funds for this fellowship.  They invite us to join in:

"...celebrating the achievements of Professor Toksöz by contributing to the M. Nafi Toksöz Fellowship Fund. Gifts in any amount are greatly appreciated. To give online, visit giving.mit.edu and enter the M. Nafi Toksöz Fellowship fund number 3311750 in the 'search designations' box."

Please download the attached fact sheet (PDF) for more details.

 

 

Lina J. Morales '82 Earns Lobdell Award

One of our own -- Lina Janavicius Morales '82, SM '84 -- has earned the Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Service Award for "alumni relations service of special depth over a sustained period".  Congrats!

Piano Drop - 2012

This year's Piano Drop will be on Thursday April 26 at 5 pm.  If you get to see it, remember to submit some pictures to the webmaster here...

 


 

Update from the House President:

Here is WCVB (Channel 5/ABC)’s stories on the drop.  They are different from each other.

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=3118773696005 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=3118771015938 11pm

Plus Piano Drop has been picked up in 127 news outlets so far, including the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/mit-students-celebrate-annual-tradition-of-dropping-piano-from-dorm-roof/2012/04/26/gIQA21qxjT_story.html and papers across the country.

 


 

More from the House President:

News of the Piano Drop continues to spread across the globe. 

Piano Drop was mentioned in 361 different news outlets so far, according to Google News. 

This was the first year, I believe, it was included in nightly news casts outside of Boston. Check out this report from ABC Chicago http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/bizarre&id=8639066 

It was mentioned as a trending story on Time.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/28/watch-mits-40th-annual-piano-drop-is...

It was also the first year it went international, even being picked up by the BBC in the UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17867772 and the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9230677/MIT-s...

It was even picked up by the China Post http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/offbeat/2012/04/28/339284/MIT-strikes.htm

 

 

In Memoriam: Irene Reiche

Irene Reiche, 85, passed away March 30, 2012.

Prof Harald and Irene Reiche were the Housemasters of Baker House from 1980 to 1989.
Their daughter Victoria Reiche Gaar writes: "Irene loved her years at Baker House and continued contact with many of the students throughout the years."

Links to Irene Reiche's obituares are here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=irene-reiche...
and here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=irene-b-reiche&pid=156790047

 

New Housemasters: Jeff & Barbara Hoffman

Baker House has new housemasters!  Please welcome Professor Jeff Hoffman & Mrs. Barbara Hoffman as the new residents of the Master Suite...

Renovation Feasibility Study

Thanks to Michael "Plaz" Plasmeier, we have a copy of the exhaustive 1996 study led by Perry Dean Rogers & Partners about the feasibility of renovating the physical Baker House structure. It is the "blueprint" for the major renovations that were done in the late 1990s. The scanned PDFs are huge, so the scanned document is broken up into several sections:

Fundraising Account Suggestions

Yo, Bakerites: It's the season for fundraising calls from extremely
young-sounding MIT undergrads hoping that us stodgy ol' alumni
will kick in a few bucks for the old alma mater. So don't forget:

  • the M. Nafi Toksöz Fellowship Fund (3311750)
  • the general Baker House fund (2720364)
  • the James T. Albrecht Memorial Fund (3647005)
  • and the famous (anyone want a mailbox door?) Baker House Restoration fund (3700200)

Piano Drop - 2011

From recent Execcon meeting minutes:

  • We have a piano for our piano drop!! Thanks to Babson University for donating it!
  • Piano drop is on the 30th of April at 4pm!! 
  • The piano drop will be advertised on dome view!
  • We will have hot dogs during the piano drop

 

  • We will have a TNK study break with a root beer keg and pizza on April 28th to prepare for the piano drop! Bakerites will have an opportunity to sign the piano and spray paint names of classes they dropped or don’t enjoy! More detail coming soon!

 

60th Anniversary Reunion Committee earns the MIT Alumni Association’s 2010 Great Dome Award

The Baker House 60th Anniversary Reunion Committee has earned the MIT Alumni Association’s 2010 Great Dome Award!
 
From the MIT Alumni Association:
 
August 19, 2010
Dear members of the MIT Baker House 60th Anniversary Planning Committee:
Congratulations on being part of a group being recognized with the MIT Alumni Association’s 2010 Great Dome Award (formerly known as the Presidential Citation Award)!  This year’s awards will be presented in conjunction with the annual Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) happening here on campus October 22-24, 2010. 
Lola M. Ball ’91, SM ’92 and Henry H. Houh ’89, ’90, SM ’91, PhD ’98 have been invited to accept this award on behalf of the committee. I hope you can be present to share in the celebration and applause.
The awards will be presented by Anne Street ’69, SM ’72, president of the Alumni Association, along with MIT President Susan Hockfield and EVP and CEO of the Alumni Association, Judy Cole.
Sincerely,
Sarah Hendrick
MIT Alumni Association

 

Baker House - Alumni Giving

If you've got the cash, and you still have a fond place in your heart for Baker House, then Dava & Gui (the current Baker Housemasters) suggest that you target your Annual Giving contribution to one of the following accounts:

Housemasters in Print - Prof. Norman N. Holland

Prof. Norman N. Holland was the third housemaster for Baker House.

 

His newest book is entitled Literature and the Brain.

A website for the book is here, and the Table of Contents and first chapter are here.

 

Piano Drop - 2010

Greetings Bakerites!
 
The current Baker President, Andy Wu '12, wanted me to pass this along to everyone.  First, thanks to everyone who voted, the Baker Piano drop topped the MIT Museum's Top 150 vote, beating out "Hacking," "Brass Rat," and "IHTFP."  Because of this, this year's piano drop will receive a lot of media attention this year.  Andy invites you to attend this year's piano drop which is this Thursday [April 22] at 6 PM.
 
From Andy:
 
"It is at 6PM this Thursday [April 22], and because we won the MIT150 competition, there will be a large media presence. They will be filming the event for an exhibit in the MIT museum, and the piano we drop will be donated to the museum. There will also be a barbecue catered by the dining hall.

 
The piano drop is a Baker tradition that started in 1972. As the name of the event implies, it is an event in which Baker House residents drop a piano off the roof of our dorm. This event, which takes place on Spring drop date, is open to all of campus and covered by local news media. This always gets a lot of publicity for both Baker House and the dorms at MIT. This year, we have two donated pianos, an upright and a grand piano, both of which are broken and irreparable. As in the past, this year’s piano drop will be accompanied by a barbecue, provided by Baker Dining."
 
Thanks, and hope you enjoy it!
 
Henry '89

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