"As the smallest house on The Commons, Memorial House prides itself on the 'quality over quantity' of its residents. Over the course of the year, you will find that Memorial will become your home and its residents will become your family. Under the leadership of Professor Leander, Memorial House residents will be challenged intellectually, personally, culturally and emotionally during their first year at Vanderbilt. There is truly no better house on Commons and we can't wait to welcome the Class of 2020!"
- Madison Maderious, Memorial House Head Resident
About The House
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Located on The Ingram Commons, Memorial House provides modern features in a classic structure. Memorial House was modernized and renovated in 1987 and then again in the summers of 2006 and 2007. The building houses approximately 80 first-year men and women on separate floors, mostly in traditional double rooms.
On the first floor are two seminar rooms, a study lounge, music practice rooms, and a vending area. Students live on floors 2-5. On the second floor is the apartment for the Faculty Head of House, a study lounge, a common kitchen, and seven student rooms. The third floor includes two study lounges, student rooms, and two common bathrooms with showers. Floors 5 and 6 each have 16 student rooms and two common bathrooms with showers. Memorial House was built in 1935.
Signature programming at Memorial House includes the following events:
- S'Memorial: Residents gather once a week around a fire pit to roast s'mores, connect with other Memorialites, and hear the collaborative jam sessions put on by the musicians of the House. Occasionally, these nights turn into two hour sing-alongs. Once a month, we invite another House on The Commons to join us for a Neighborhood S'Memorial during which we merge our weekly tradition of s'mores with their weekly House tradition. Themed S'Memorials have included swing dance night, reverse trick-or-treating, and an ugly holiday sweater party.
- Dinner with Dr. Leander: Sunday nights, 10 to 15 residents join Dr. Leander and a special guest for dinner in the faculty apartment. Topics for the dinner are as broad and unique as the food served, which comes from a variety of Nashville restaurants. Previous speakers have included professors, researchers, community organizers, and leaders of non-profits. Over a delicious meal, discussions and dialogue have ranged from the achievement gap to the impact of technology on relationships.