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Did You Know?

Baker House trivia...

  • Memorial Drive is named in honor of those who died in World War I
    • Until 1922, Memorial Drive was called Charles River Road
  • What is the name of Building W7 ?
    • The "SD" stamped on the room keys stood for "Senior Dorm"
      • Only the MIT Facilities folks called Building W7 "Senior Dorm"
    • When it was being built, the students called it "New Senior House"
      • Or "the pregnant worm"
    • When it was dedicated in 1949, Building W7 was called the "New Dormitory"
    • It was renamed the "Everett Moore Baker House" in 1950
  • The 3d-west Lounge is named for Granville Sheldon
    • Granville Sheldon was the House Manager in the mid-1950s
  • Our nine-foot Chickering concert grand piano was a gift from a (now deceased) Baker alumnus
  • Everett Moore Baker belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ) at Dartmouth College
  • The Julie Fassett Garden is named for the wife of Dean Frederick Fassett
    • That's the garden across Amherst Alley from our main entrance
    • You know, the shortcut to the Kresge parking lot
  • The TDC building next door at 372 Memorial Drive belonged -- up until 1966 -- to Dean and Mrs. Frederick Fassett.
    • Dean Fassett was Baker House's first Faculty Resident
    • He didn't move very far when he moved out of the dorm...
    • Dean Fassett retired in 1966



Trivia Quizzes/Contests

  • 1999 (courtesy of Tyler Callahan)
  • 2000 (courtesy of Tyler Callahan)
  • 2001 (courtesy of Tyler Callahan)
  • 2002 (courtesy of Tyler Callahan)

Granville Sheldon

Ken Rosato writes:
When I arrived at Baker House in 1969, that lounge had a brass plaque identifying it as the Granville Sheldon Lounge, I assume honoring him (I think he was House Manager in the 1950s.) There was a picture hanging inside of some guy with a mustache, sort of Tom Dewey-looking, if I remember correctly, but there was nothing that said the picture was of Granville Sheldon, or anyone else.
Because of the sarcastic nature of college students, in particular the bunch that included me, we attached the name and photograph to just about anything. Granville Sheldon ran for Floor Representative, Judcomm, or something, using that name and picture. A friend of mine sat in on one of my classes, took a quiz, and signed his name Granville Sheldon. I picked up his paper, and of course he had failed.
By the time I graduated Granville Sheldon was kind of a running joke. I don't think he was a joke before I got there, but he might already have been.

Random Pictures

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