"As the smallest house on The Ingram Commons, Memorial House prides itself in 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 of Dr. Kevin 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. Welcome home, Memorial Class of 2021!" - Madison Maderious, Head Resident
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. 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.
- Memorial House Camping Trip: Memorial residents are invited to join in our annual house camping trip. For one night, Dr. Leander, his family and the RA staff take residents to a nearby cabin in Percy Warner Park to spend a night getting to know fellow housemates. The camping trip involves a beautiful hike, giant game of capture the flag, a campfire sing-along and a delicious cookout.
Memorial House HAC
Elections/appointments to the House Advisory Council will occur in early September. If you're interested in joining your House Advisory Council, be sure to attend one of the mandatory House Advisory Council Interest Meetings on Sunday, August 27. For more details ask your RA staff or email Assistant Director Natalee Erb.