Taylor House resides between McClintic-Marshall House and the entrance of Sayre Park on University Drive. The residence hall sits across from Johnson Hall, home to the health center, and nearby the University Center. The U-shaped building surrounds a large courtyard where students can relax, study, or play a pickup game of soccer.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie gifted Taylor House to the university in honor of his friend and University trustee Charles L. Taylor, Class of 1876. In addition to being Lehigh’s first residential college, the residence hall is also one of the first concrete structures ever built.
The residence hall is divided into three sections, each with its own study facility and large multipurpose room equipped with a kitchen and TV. The first floor has a lounge with vending machines, as well as a laundry facility. Taylor House is completely air conditioned.
This year, Taylor is also home to the STEM Themed Community. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and aims to develop students for leadership roles in their field. STEM community students benefit from programming with experts, one-on-one mentoring, and close faculty advising.
Each of the residence halls is managed by a full-time, Master’s-level professional who supervises the Gryphon staff in addition to central office responsibilities and planning. Sarah Thompson, an Assistant Director of Residence Life, oversees Taylor House, as well as Sayre Park Village, Trembley Park, UMOJA, and House 104. Sarah lives in an embedded apartment in the Taylor so that in case of an on-campus emergency she can respond quickly.
Sarah is new to the Office of Residence Life staff, having joined this June. So what is she looking forward to this year? “Since I’m just beginning, I am transitioning to Lehigh as well as the first years! I am looking forward to getting to know campus and its traditions! I am excited to form connections and explore all campus has to offer.”
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