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This Week in MIT History

After celebrating the 1966 new year, students returning to campus from winter break read of the Institute’s plans to add two dormitories. Like today’s construction plans, one new dorm would house graduate students and the other undergrads.

The January 4 edition of The Tech reported that MIT “is in the process of constructing a mammoth 30-story residence near the present site of the Sloan Building. The structure, known as Eastgate, will provide 216 efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments ... and will be completed and ready for occupancy by September 1967.” Eduardo F. Catalano of the Department of Architecture designed Eastgate to accommodate the increasing number of married students. Catalano also designed the neighboring Hermann Building, known better as E53. At 265 feet, Eastgate stands a dozen feet shorter than the Green Building. The cost of the edifice was estimated at $3,550,000.

The same issue also reported the $2 million donation made by Frank S. MacGregor ’07 towards a new undergraduate dormitory. The donation would cover half of the cost of the first of two new 300 student houses on West Campus. The structure was under design by Professor Pietro Bellushi, deal emeritus of the School of Architecture. James R. Killian, Chairman of the Corporation in 1967 explained, “Mr. MacGregor’s generous gift will make it possible for the Institute to take a timely step toward a goal which has high priority at the Institute -- that of housing a majority of our students on the campus. At present, we can accommodate fewer than the 3,500 undergraduate men. After making a careful study, a committee has recommended that we provide quarters for 2000 men, and the Corporation has backed that plan.”