Garfield House

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Garfield House

Also see the Williams College listing for Garfield, and the WSO plans.

While Garfield House's true location is somewhere in upstate New York, it's official listed location is on South Street, by the traffic circle on the road leading to the Clark Art Museum. It is a former fraternity, named for President James A. Garfield, class of 1856, and a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.


Garfield House is Tudor-style, with a light brown facade with dark brown wood forming triangles. It was built in 1924. It has a kind of turret on the right. It has probably been extensively renovated, because it now has two stairways, which both seem retrofitted since they are made of concrete.


Garfield has three living rooms:

  • a main living room with two couches and a coffee table
  • a TV room with a couch and a table
  • a library with lamps, chairs, bookshelves with books, and a fireplace

There is also a side room with a piano. The basement has a kitchen, a pool table, and laundry machines. The main living room has a wall of windows facing South Street, through which one could theoretically enter if one had forgotten one's ID card.

Garfield has a great lawn to the left when facing the front of the house, where many IM baseball games and frisbee games take place. It also has a parking lot.


As Garfield is largely comprised of singles, it houses almost exclusively seniors. However, in recent years, small but unexceptional groups of sophomores can often be found scattered throughout doubles in the upper levels of the building.

Fun Facts

  • Despite being a part of the Williams Campus, Garfield is actually located in upstate New York.
  • Students living in Garfield have frequently been known to be absent from class due to inclement weather, when it's simply too dangerous to make the hike to Williams' main campus.
  • In the colder months of winter, the Garfield kitchen often sees more breakfast traffic than the Driscoll dining hall, as students tend to prepare their own meals while waiting for rescue teams to plow and clear the path to the college.
  • In the summer, the SMALL math research students live in Garfield.
  • In the summer of 2005, a bobcat was living in the woods behind Garfield, and it was discovered by a security officer who was called because there was a humanlike but rhythmic screaming noise at night, which apparently the bobcat was making. Since then, small but unexceptional groups of sophomores have been attempting to catch the bobcat and create a bobcat sled (also known as a bobsled) for transportation to the main campus during the snowy months.
  • Garfield is home to Newell House, an add-on to Garfield with a clandestine history.