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- See also Wikipedia's article about "Hartley Hall".
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Hartley Hall is one of the two residence halls that make up the Living Learning Center. It was built in 1904 and is the oldest residence hall on campus. It is noted for having the narrowest double on campus, 2C5, where a tall man (or woman) can touch two walls at any point in the room.
Hartley Hall is Columbia's first and oldest dormitory. Opening in 1905, the building was donated by senior Marcellus Hartley Dodge (and his aunt, Helen Hartley Jenkins) on the event of his gradaution. Dodge thereby condemned all future Senior Fund collection drives to exercises in futility. Spurred by the gift, the University coughed up an equal amount of money from it's own funds to construct a twin dormitory, Livingston Hall (now known as Wallach Hall).
It should also be noted that Hartley, and its twin, Wallach, were dedicated exclusively to undergraduate housing, a rather odd move in the days when Columbia was still considering shutting down the College outright (SEAS, or rather the School of Mines, was still a graduate-and-professional faculty, and a fairly profitable one at that, and thus was spared the budgeter's wrath).
Hartley was completely renovated following a $2 million gift from alumnus Jerome L. Greene. A concurrent gift of equal size by Ira D. Wallach supported the simultaneous renovation of Hartley Hall. While the University had offered to rename both buildings after the respective donors, Greene ultimately requested the the name of Hartley Hall remain the same after other alumni voiced displeasure over the name change. Wallach, however, was not moved, and so Livingston Hall now bears his name instead.
In 2000, the Living and Learning Center program began at Hartley and Wallach Halls in what supporters enthusiastically called a genuine attempt to build community and foster student body cohesion, and what detractors cynically label a failed attempt to imitate Yale's residential college model.
- Allen Ginsberg, Beat Generation poet
- Herbert Gold, novelist
- Langston Hughes, poet
- Jack Kerouac, Beat novelist (thought Hartley had a cockroach problem and a bad view)
Go down to the basement by using the stairs or the elevator. Walk south to get under Wallach Hall, then use the elevator or the stairs. Continue on to get into John Jay Hall which is also legal. However, the door north to Hamilton Hall is triple padlocked & welded atomic blast door. You aren't getting around this one anytime soon. These routes are legit, but they're dirty and stink.
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