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Coles Tower - Thorne Dining Hall

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Coles Tower

Constructed in 1964 as the "Senior Center," Coles Tower was designed by the noted architect Hugh Stubbins. It is primarily for upperclass housing. Thorne Dining Hall, Wentworth Servery, and Daggett Lounge are adjacent.


Coles Tower - Thorne Dining Hall

Coles Tower is the tallest building on campus. The sixteenth floor provides classroom and seminar spaces; most of the floors below are residence halls, primarily for juniors,  seniors and lucky sophomores who have a high number in the housing lottery.

It’s well worth taking the elevator to the sixteenth floor for the magnificent view — you can see the ocean from floors twelve and above. On the ground, the visual connection with the College’s first building, Massachusetts Hall, is particularly apparent through the Alpheus Spring Packard Gateway directly across College Street.

Every residential floor in the Tower has four quads, and each quad is divided into four single bedrooms, with common space; there are single-sex bathrooms in between the quads.

Information Technology student services, the help desk, multimedia lab, and computer loaner equipment are on the second floor. The Bookstore Textbook Center is located in the basement.

On the first floor of the adjacent Frederick G. P. Thorne Dining Hall is Thorne Dining Room (the main dining hall on campus), Daggett Lounge, and several private dining rooms for group meals and meetings. Bowdoin's outstanding food is considered among the best in the country.

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