View with a Room: Awesome Rooms That You Didn’t Know Were Awesome

Last week’s first View with a Room post got me thinking about the vast amount of unacknowledged history attached to so many of the dorms on campus—in particular, the legendary alums that may or may not have once lived in your room. Then I noticed the easy availability of old Wesleyan directories in Olin, floor 3A. (Maybe it’s not so pointless after all, eh?) Thus, after a bit of archival digging, I present a partial guide to rooms at Wesleyan once inhabited by various favorite alumni. If you live in one of these rooms today, brag in the comments section; your room is a piece of history!

  • Butt A, room 232B: Daniel Handler ’92, better known to millions of teen readers as Lemony Snicket, lived in this room his freshman year, 1988–89.
  • 27 Hotchkiss Street, Apt. 2E: Handler lived here as a junior, 1990–91.
  • Butt A, Room 332C: Acclaimed folk singer Dar Williams ’89 lived here freshman year, 1985–86.
  • 316 Washington Street, Rooms 203 and 206: Williams lived in these rooms as a sophomore and a junior, respectively (1986–87 and ’87–88).
  • Clark, 206A: Michael Bay ’86, the mega-successful Transformers director every film student loves to hate (or is it hates to love?), lived here as a freshman, 1982–83.
  • 128 Pearl Street, Room 18: Residence of beloved director/screenwriter Joss Whedon ’87, 1985–86.
  • Eclectic, Room 217: Whedon lived here in 1984–85.
  • Foss Hill, Room 911: Home of a young Michael Roth ’78 his freshman year, 1975–76.
  • Foss Hill, Room 1006: Michael Bennet ’87, current Colorado senator and son of former Wes president Doug Bennet ’59, lived here his sophomore year, 1984–85.
  • Clark 410: Favorite curmudgeonly Wespeak-writer Martin Benjamin ’57 inhabited this room as a sophomore, 1954–55.
  • 713 Nicholson 700: Patriots coach Bill Belichick ’75 lived here during his first year at Wes, 1971–72.
  • Clark 205A: Home to PCU screenwriter Zak Penn ’90 as a freshman, 1986–87.
  • Butt A, room 323: Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer ’98 occupied this room as a freshman, ’94–95.
  • Eclectic, rooms 12 and 211: Palmer lived here sophomore and senior years, respectively.
  • Foss Hill Andrus 300, Room 315A: How I Met Your Mother creator Carter Bays ’97 called this room home during the 1993–94 school year.
  • Foss Hill Howland 100, Room 114A: Bays lived here the following year.
  • El Rey

    Michael Bay lived in Psi U as well

  • Sarah

    MGMT lived somewhere in WestCo at some point – I know someone who lived on their hall.

    Also, the Clark room numbers do not correspond with current room locations in Clark – the dorm’s layout was completely changed in the major renovations which happened around 2000. There used to be plans of the old Clark layout in the basement lounge, not sure if they’re there anymore.

  • Sarah

    MGMT lived somewhere in WestCo at some point – I know someone who lived on their hall.

    Also, the Clark room numbers do not correspond with current room locations in Clark – the dorm’s layout was completely changed in the major renovations which happened around 2000. There used to be plans of the old Clark layout in the basement lounge, not sure if they’re there anymore.

  • Zach

    The directories don’t go past the late ’90s. Sorry, MGMT.

  • WHERE MGMT???

  • WHERE MGMT???

  • Mad

    Well, WestCo is Foss Hill Dorms 1-4, The Nics are 5-7, and Hewitt is 8-10. But I think the dorms (especially WestCo) did some renumbering of their rooms a few years ago, so the room #s might not line up exactly.

  • Mad

    Well, WestCo is Foss Hill Dorms 1-4, The Nics are 5-7, and Hewitt is 8-10. But I think the dorms (especially WestCo) did some renumbering of their rooms a few years ago, so the room #s might not line up exactly.

  • anon

    sounds like westco 1 and westco 3…

  • anon

    sounds like westco 1 and westco 3…

  • Zach

    No idea. I just copied down what the directories said.

    Feel free to mention your favorite alumni that I forgot; I might do a sequel.

  • Student

    where the fuck are Foss Hill rm 911, Foss Hill Andus and Foss Hill Howland?

  • Student

    where the fuck are Foss Hill rm 911, Foss Hill Andus and Foss Hill Howland?

  • nope

    was joss part of eclectic? i never knew.

  • nope

    was joss part of eclectic? i never knew.

    • thetan

      yep

  • Braille

    nice

  • anon

    Woodrow Wilson lived in Earth House when he was a visiting faculty member.

  • anon

    Woodrow Wilson lived in Earth House when he was a visiting faculty member.

  • ian

    I actually talked to Daniel Handler ’92 about living in the Butts, I believe his exact words were “those single rooms came in handy, if you know what I mean. Well, not when I was a freshman though.”

  • ian

    I actually talked to Daniel Handler ’92 about living in the Butts, I believe his exact words were “those single rooms came in handy, if you know what I mean. Well, not when I was a freshman though.”

  • Alex

    so interesting! thanks for posting

  • Alex

    so interesting! thanks for posting

  • anonymous

    great post!!!

  • anonymous

    great post!!!