By Samantha Mocle
"On graduation day, all of the girls from Carpenter House gathered on the front lawn and wept. You would have thought they cut off our legs, the way we were behaving! We cried like our world had come to an end.”
Ann Reeves Burton ’58 recalls that emotional day with bittersweet fondness. After all, in the case of Lasell University’s Victorian homes-turned-dormitories, a house is a home. She recalls her time at Lasell, but particularly in Carpenter House, as “absolutely spectacular.”
Many alumni still identify themselves by the houses they lived in, particularly those who attended7 Lasell in its junior college days. Self-proclaimed “Karandon Gals” or “Gardner Girls” still stay in touch, with their closest groups of friends being their housemates. Though Lasell students now live in mixed grade-level and gender-neutral housing over their four years on campus, the intimate, familial nature of the Victorian dorms has not changed.