The Town Houses

The nine townhouses along Highway 19 look, from a distance, like traditional late-nineteenth century houses. Built on the side of a hill, they contain a lower apartment for one student in the basement, complete with kitchen, bathroom, and living room; and an upper, two-story apartment that contains one double and two single bedrooms, along with a two-story living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Designed for students who wish to cook for themselves and be somewhat independent of the main part of campus, the townhouses have been immensely popular since they were built in 2001.

In 2008, the houses ran a competition to decorate their doors with a “Choose your own adventure story” theme as a way of building community. The adventure began on Friday afternoon of the third week of the term with directions such as “You wander on over to the snack bar to pick up an afternoon snack and to see who all is there. You enter into a jam-packed Sayles and search around for friends. You have no luck, so decide to go into the snack bar to pretend like someone is waiting out there for you, and secretly hoping you’ll run into someone you know. While standing in line, you narrow your choices down to three different items on the menu. To order 12,000 mozzarella sticks, go to Dow 100. To order a veggie burger, go to Collier 200. You grab your veggie burger and leave the snack bar to meet up with friends. On the way to your friend’s townhouse you get a phone call from your mom reminding you to vote on Tuesday. If you choose to vote in the presidential election proceed to Dixon 100. If you don’t vote go to Hunt 200.”

Like all adventure stories, there are perils, and you perish if you eat all 12,000 mozzarella sticks.

Images

View of the Townhouses from Division Street

View of the Townhouses from Division Street

Standing on the corner of Division and Second Streets, looking northeast, one is able to see several townhouses lining a trail leading to Carleton's campus. | Source: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/photos/reshalls/zimage_id=582158 | Creator: Marlena Hartman-Filson View File Details Page

The Townhouses, as viewed from the south along the internal pathway to the campus. .

The Townhouses, as viewed from the south along the internal pathway to the campus. .

Many of Carleton's townhouses line this path, which runs from campus grounds near Musser Hall on Union and First Streets to the corner of Division and Second Streets. | Source: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/photos/reshalls/zimage_id=582164 | Creator: Marlena Hartman-Filson View File Details Page

Student Housing in Back of Musser Hall, 2001

Student Housing in Back of Musser Hall, 2001

Photographer Chris Faust took this picture of Eugster Townhouse for the "Vantage Points" photography project that happened around campus in 2001. Musser Hall, typically an underclassmen dormitory, stands in contrast to the newer upperclassmen apartments. | Source: http://www.carleton.edu/campus/gallery/exhibitions/2002/vantagePoints/index.html | Creator: Chris Faust View File Details Page

View from Northfield Blvd.

View from Northfield Blvd.

Most of the townhouses contain two apartments, an upstairs and a downstairs. The entrances of the lower apartments face Northfield Boulevard. | Source: Carleton College Archives View File Details Page

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Clifford Clark, “The Town Houses,” NorthfieldHistorical, accessed May 22, 2017, http://northfieldhistorical.org/items/show/69.
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