An annotated Fletcher tour: The Cabot basement

Basements get something of a bad rap. Your Pennywises and Babadooks always seem to be basement lurkers, and no sports team cares to be known as a “cellar dweller.” My generation will always harbor suspicion toward the Alamo for allegedly stashing Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle in its basement. I like to think Fletcher provides a little push-back to these preconceptions with the Cabot basement, a warren of study, lounging, and meeting spaces whose recent facelift has made it even more of a go-to location.

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An annotated Fletcher tour: the 7th floor

The 7th floor of the Cabot building leads the list of “hidden gems” at Fletcher. Getting there can take a bit of extra determination since it requires either a serious stair climb or dealing with Fletcher’s occasionally-balky elevator, but the space rewards the effort. You’ll immediately be struck by the views, some of the best available of the greater Cambridge/Boston area outside of the top of the Prudential Center (which, incidentally, is visible from the 7th floor).

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Annotated Fletcher tour, continued

Regular blog readers may recall a few posts back in early June beginning a virtual tour of Fletcher. Ah, early June, not even three full months into our pandemic-adjusted lifestyles! At the time, I wanted to be sure that incoming and prospective students who might normally try to visit campus in the summer for a look around had something of an alternative option until the broader implications of the COVID-19 crisis became clear. As things progressed and the time horizon of our remote situation got longer, though, focusing on our physical space that no one could access for the foreseeable future started to feel a bit tone-deaf. So to the back-burner this series went.

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