Watson Hall

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West side and entrance to Watson Hall.
Watson Hall is a residence hall located on the east side of Carleton's campus. It has seven stories, plus a basement. Watson was built as a women's dorm in 1966 and first occupied during April 1967, when Gridley was about to be destroyed.[1] Its use as a women's dorm is evidenced by the now-unused built-in front desk, formerly used for checking students in and out.

The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who also designed Goodhue Hall, the West Gym, Cowling, Olin, and the fourth floor addition to Myers Hall. (Yamasaki also designed the World Trade Center in New York.)


  • Watson has seven floors, each holding about 40 students.
  • Depending on the demand for housing, the corner rooms are either doubles or triples. They have only two closets, suggesting that they were intended to be doubles. However, they are sometimes converted into triples, such as during the 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 school years. As a result of a reduction in available housing due to the Evans renovation, all Watson corner rooms will be triples for at least Fall Term of 2012.



  1. Fraker, Susan. Watson Girls Survive Move. The Carletonian. 13 April 1967: Page 3.

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