Grays, built in 1863, is often referred to as the Harvard Hilton, as it is centrally located and spacious with hardwood floors, large picture windows, and excellent views of historic Harvard Yard. Past residents include Natalie Portman and Frank Rich. Home to about 100 freshmen, Grays consists of three vertical entryways whose “walk-up” architecture contributes to a strong sense of community. Suites are grouped into quads and quints with in-suite bathrooms and spacious common rooms. Overlooking Harvard Yard, Grays enjoys close proximity to Massachusetts Avenue and student favorites like J.P. Licks and Au Bon Pain.
Matthews Hall, completed in 1872 and named after Nathan Matthews, was home to Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, and Senator Barney Frank. Thanks in part to two main foyers in the building, freshmen within the dorm get to know each other well. Situated in the heart of Harvard Yard, Matthews suites are doubles or triples with shared hallway bathrooms and spacious suite common rooms. Many past residents say they will really miss Matthews’ centralized location, with its view of the Yard proximity to the rest of the freshmen dorms and shops along Massachusetts Avenue.
Weld – constructed in 1873 through donations by shipping magnate William Fletcher Weld, in memory of his deceased younger brother, Stephen Minot Weld – was home to President John F. Kennedy during his freshman year. Consisting primarily of quints and sextuplets, with a mix of in-suite and hallway bathrooms, Weld also boasts long open hallways and an elevator making it a very friendly dorm. Bustling with activity, Weld basement is also home to Yard Operations and Dorm Crew, where one goes for toilet paper, free CFL light bulbs, or to ask for help with a problem relating to your room. Many remark that one of the best parts of Weld is its proximity to “everything important” at Harvard including Widener, Harvard’s largest and oldest library; the John Harvard statue; and Annenberg, the freshman dining hall.