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Dorm Hollis
Yard Ivy

Hollis Hall, an Ivy Yard first-year dorm, is one of Harvard’s oldest buildings. It has had its fair share of noteworthy residents, including George Washington’s troops, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and maybe you!


Hollis Hall is located in the center of Harvard Yard, equidistant from Annenberg Dining Hall and the Smith Campus Center. It is also close to Otto Pizza, Pokeworks, Cambridge Common, and Johnston Gate, which is serviced by the bus. Nearby dorms include Stoughton, Massachusetts Hall, Lionel Hall, and Mower Hall.

Amenities & Floor Plan

Hollis houses around 60 students total, divided into the North and South entryways. Each entryway has a proctor and four single-gender floors, each of which consists of four extremely spacious and well-heated doubles (seriously large, estimated at 300 square feet each) and a shared bathroom. Most bathrooms have two showers, two sinks, and two stalls.

Although Hollis does not have its own common room or laundry room, residents can use the nearby Stoughton amenities. Rooms not facing the Yard have balcony fire escapes.


Hollis Hall is one of Harvard’s most historic buildings, dating back to 1763. It has since survived being struck by lighting in 1768 and catching fire in 1876.