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Harvard University - Currier & Quincy Houses

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Beacon assisted Harvard University in their renovation of dining facilities for their undergraduate resident houses, starting with a study of all facilities. Currier House, one of the six undergraduate dining facilities Beacon Architectural Associates ultimately designed for Harvard, features large expanses of glass looking into an exterior courtyard, and the existing kitchen has been opened up into a servery. The stained oak paneled walls and case work are combined with a slate floor and granite counters to suggest the timeless ambiance of a university club. The design brings the kitchen functions out into the public serving area, dramatically reducing the back of house requirements, and natural daylighting now floods the space thanks to the addition of glazed panels. This project was a collaboration between Beacon and Niemitz Design Group.


At Quincy House, another undergraduate house on campus, the servery and kitchen are now daylit thanks to new windows, natural materials are used in novel and elegant ways, and sophisticated graphics now enliven the space. The flow through the servery minimizes waiting and long lines and offers a variety of food choices with self-serve and cooked-to-order items. The project received Food Management magazine’s 2005 Best Concept Award. The design team included Niemitz Design Group.

Currier Size

Total sf: 4,000 (270 seats)


Quincy Size

Total sf: 4,000 (240 seats)


Quincy Recognition

Food Management Magazine’s

Best Concept Award 2005