House Renewal Projects

The goal of Harvard University's River House Renewal Program is to re-configure interior spaces to meet the complex needs of today’s students, relieve overcrowding, improve privacy, and comply with current building codes. 

The renovations aim to enhance program spaces to better support students’ academic and social development and upgrade outdated building systems and infrastructure. 

In June 2019, the Harvard House Renewal program team began a multi-phase, multi-year renovation of Adams House.

  • Phase One of the Adams House renewal included renovations of Claverly Hall and Senior House. Plans include preserving Claverly Hall’s history and character while improving its functionality, accessibility, and student-life offerings. Phase One was complete in the Spring 2021 and students are scheduled to move into the newly renovated building in August 2021.
  • Phase Two work on Apthorp House, the historic home of the Adams House faculty deans, is ongoing and progressing according to schedule, with completion expected in June 2021. 
  • Phase Three which includes a complete renovation of Randolph House at 53 Bow Street (exterior restoration, including a new roof, rebuilding chimneys, dormers, and repointing the brick facade, as well as full interior renovations to construct new student dormitory and staff dwelling units, with all updated plumbing, HVAC, telephone/data, fire alarm and fire protection systems, and structural improvements) is tentatively scheduled to begin in July 2021.