​From the Sonic to the Supernatural: Harvard Lore in Lowell House and Kirkland House

The buildings on Harvard’s campus each have their own history. It’s the facade of crimson bricks that creates an image of Harvard for many people. Yet, what is inside these buildings?

Let’s step inside and hear about the lore of the bells of Lowell House and the supposedly haunted Hicks Library of Kirkland House with our reporters Henry Haimo ’24 and Courtney DeLong ’21.

Lowell House and Kirkland House are dorms near the Charles River for Harvard College students. There are 12 houses plus the Dudley Co-op in the Harvard College housing system. For the 12 houses specifically, first-years get randomly assigned to a house in the Spring term where they will live in for the next 3 years. Each house is known for its history and traditions that create a collective sense of identity and fealty to one’s house.

// Photo of Lowell House taken with a film camera and self-developed by Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara ’23.

// Photo of Kirkland House taken with a film camera and self-developed by Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara ’23.

This piece aired on Sunday, November 28 for “As We Know It,” our news magazine program every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Harvard Radio Broadcasting. As We Know It is where we bring new stories, new people, and new things at WHRB News.

Contributors for these stories are Courtney DeLong ’21 and Henry Haimo ’24 . For any comments, questions, and news tips, please email news@whrb.org. Tune in to "As We Know It" on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET for more stories like this one.