September 17, 2010

Blackstone House

Welcome to the place where students learn the true meaning of the phrase “peace and quiet,” where great non-dining hall food is just around the corner. A dorm with a prime Hyde Park location on a quiet residential street that is steps away from one of the neighborhood’s most bustling areas, Blackstone is the perfect place.

Located on South Blackstone Avenue, the dorm is about a 10-minute walk from campus. Though the distance is certainly a disadvantage for some, Blackstone claims proximity to 57th Street, home to coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, and more. Campus buses pass by Blackstone, and residents will soon discover the #6 bus a few blocks east on South Stony Island Avenue.

Blackstone itself is a six-story dorm composed primarily of apartment-style suites. The quirky planning of the building means that not all floor plans are exactly alike, but all suites have two large singles with a shared kitchen and bathroom. The first floor houses a grand piano (more-or-less in tune), a working fireplace, a big-screen TV, a computer lounge, and the ever-important laundry room.

The house environment is one of privacy and quiet, so it isn’t uncommon to share the ancient (yet beloved) elevator with another Blackstone resident whom you’ve never seen before. The dorm has become more social since it opened to first-years three years ago.