go back to Smith's Houses
and its sister, Ziskind
, share the distinction and curse of being the most modern houses on campus. Cutter is centrally located. It is next door to the Davis Student Center
where students can get a quick bite to eat. Neilson Library
, academic buildings and administrative buildings are a five-minute walk away and downtown Northampton
is a fifteen-minute walk away.
On the first floor of Cutter is the dining room, which the house shares with the residents of Ziskind and Sessions. The dining room has a stereo system, chrome lighting fixtures and mirrors, lending a faint Art Deco feel to the environment. It is also air-conditioned. On the weekends when Cutter or Ziskind decides to have a party, the room becomes the dance floor. Sometimes Cutter and Ziskind jointly host social events.
In the living room, adjacent to the dining room, is a television and fireplace which gets plenty of use in the winter. Next to the living room is a beau parlor, a quiet room for reading. The room received its name in the late 50's when students would meet their beaus there because men, including fathers were not allowed upstairs.
Upstairs there are 64 single rooms, some of which are assigned to incoming students, and 8 doubles. The rooms are standardized, each one with a large window that runs the width of the room and a drape provided by Smith. A large closet and set of drawers are built into one end of the room and provide storage space.
The wings of Cutter and Ziskind come together to form a courtyard. It is rumored that the area was originally designated a pool site. No evidence of a pool exists, although students still find that the courtyard is a great place to socialize and eat meals when the weather is pleasant.