In recognition of our 50th Reunion and the 250th anniversary of the College, the Class of 1969 has launched a campaign to fund the restoration and renovation of the historic DOC House located at the north end of Occom Pond.
For details on this exciting project, we’ve created this must-see book.
On the eve of its 90th anniversary, the Dartmouth Outing Club House is at a critical juncture. It has served generations of students, as well as countless thousands of alumni, faculty and staff of the College and similar numbers of Hanover and Upper Valley residents in myriad ways over the years. The price of welcoming these diverse and enthusiastic users has been a significant deterioration in the aesthetic and structural integrity of the building, one of Dartmouth’s most beloved.
Success in this effort will be a truly significant accomplishment for the Class. It will also ensure that generations to come will continue to enjoy the comfort and hospitality of this unique resource.
Total construction cost for this exciting project is expected to be $3 million.
We are delighted to report that we have already secured $0.9 million in pledges from a handful of early donors.
In addition, we have obtained an endowment of $1.5 million, the annual income from which will cover ongoing maintenance and operation of the house.
With this kind of start, attainment of our goal is decidedly realistic.
We invite you to join your fellow ’69 classmates, each according to our means, to make this a reality through our 50th Reunion Class Gift.
Class Gift Committee
Andy McLane (Chair)
John & Julie Mathias
The Dartmouth Outing Club House, proudly built in 1929 as a gift from the Class of 1900, is a landmark structure historically celebrating the great outdoors while serving as a gateway to the North for the entire Dartmouth community.
Beautifully located between the far north end of Occom Pond and the golf course, it has offered an idyllic gathering place for hikers, cross-country skiers, ice skaters, snowshoers, tobogganers, golfers, and anyone with even a passing interest in outdoor activity. Its wood-burning fireplaces, grand meeting room, curated library, changing spaces, rental equipment shop, and food service facilities have provided a wonderful social setting for students to meet up, to embark upon and recover from year round outdoor activities, and to embrace the spiritual uplifting of outdoor life. Particularly in winter, when Occom Pond becomes an ice palace for skaters and the golf course transforms into a snowy wonderland for cross-country skiers and snowshoers, the DOC House is uniquely positioned to encourage the college’s undergraduate and graduate communities to get out day and night to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the full Dartmouth experience.
For many decades following its dedication in 1929 to “the enduring Dartmouth fellowship in outdoor life,” the DOC House served as “a source of both physical and spiritual refreshment and renewal with fireside chats with mountaineers, woodsmen, skiers, and travelers,” and held “a tradition of warmth, hospitality, and friendship.” More recently, it has successfully served as a sought after hosting venue for a much broader array of community wide functions ranging from an annual welcoming BBQ by the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley for local first year students and their parents to “celebrations of life” honoring departed local alums. After all these years, it still remains at the heart and soul of Dartmouth life from beginning to end.
But sadly, the DOC House has now degenerated into a dim gray shadow of its former self through years of neglect and perpetually deferred maintenance, rendering it structurally dilapidated and largely unequipped to serve either its originally intended purposes or more modern usages. This marvelous legacy gift from the Class of 1900 is in danger of being tragically lost forever. We in the Class of 1969 can do something about this on the occasion of our 50th Reunion by conceptually joining hands with our predecessors in the Class of 1900 to once again make an enduring gift of a fully restored and renovated DOC House to future generations of the Dartmouth family and the Upper Valley community.
Dartmouth’s greatest competitive strengths and distinct differences must surely include (I) providing the finest undergraduate education anywhere; and (II) having direct access to the great New Hampshire and Vermont outdoors from one of the country’s most beautiful campuses. A restored and renovated DOC House will add to this unique strength and further highlight this distinct difference.
But that’s not all. A restored and renovated DOC House could serve the College and the Upper Valley Community even more broadly and successfully than before by providing a substantially upgraded, highly attractive, and far more suitable venue for weddings, memorials, reunions, other College club and student group gatherings, faculty and business retreats, alumni events, and other potential revenue generating activities.
We are pleased to report that we have already obtained the College’s support for this exciting project. We are currently undertaking studies to determine the proper scope and attendant cost of the overall restoration and renovation.
The following sections will likely evoke fond memories for those involved with the DOC and the programs it offered and which enhanced their experience at Dartmouth. These pages should also awaken others to the breadth of the property’s reach into so much of what makes life in the Upper Valley, especially in and around the campus, so special.