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A yellow newspaper article titled, This fall we open our new home on the Charles River. There is a large drawing of the building in the middle of the paper, and at the bottom are the words Beacon and Berkeley Streets Boston. In 1933, the Emerson College of Oratory purchased 130 Beacon Street to house administration and classrooms. It is the first building purchased for what will become the Back Bay campus. This would also become the heart of the Back Bay campus, with the Emerson community gathering in front of the building, dubbing the area as “The Wall.”.


Historical photo of the Majestic theater with sign that reads: "Emerson College: Theatre soon." The Majestic Theatre first opened its doors in 1903. The building was designed by John Galen Howard and the interior shows off gloriously ornate Beaux-Arts architectural style. In 1955, the theater was sold to Sack Cinemas and served as the Saxon movie theater for nearly 30 years. You can still see the old Saxon vertical sign in this photo. By the time it was purchased by Emerson College in 1983, the theater had fallen into considerable disrepair. Emerson spent 20 years restoring the Majestic to its former glory and reopened the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College in May 2003.

More than a dozen actors in costume lined up at the edge of stage. A woman in the foreground clasps her hands in front of her chest. One man in a suit jacket is on his knees in the middle of the troupe. The Emerson Majestic (not the Cutler Majestic) celebrated its grand re-opening with a Musical Theater Society production of George M!.


The Paramount theater's vertical sign and marquee are brightly lit on the art deco building. On the building to the right of the theater, color lights behind arched windows form an image of the American flag. In 2010, the Paramount Theatre re-opened for the first time in 34 years. Built in 1932, the Paramount Theatre was a one of Boston's great movie palaces. It closed in 1976, and was designated a Boston landmark in 1984. Emerson acquired the Paramount in 2005 and hired Elkus Manfredi Architects to restore and re-imagine this historic art deco gem. It reopened in 2010 as the Paramount Center, which contains the main theatre as well as a black box theater, film screening room, rehearsal studios, practice rooms, sound stage, scene shop, classrooms and offices for faculty and staff. ArtsEmerson programed film, theatre and film events at the Paramount, contributing to the city’s rich cultural offerings.

View of the Public Garden and the eastern end of Beacon Street through an upper floor window within the residence hall at 100 Beacon Street. In 1960, Emerson College sold 373 Commonwealth Avenue and acquired 100 Beacon Street. Emerson remodeled the c1924 building and converted it into a dormitory. It continued to be an Emerson College dormitory until 2006. Info source:

1960s - 1970s? circa

180 Tremont Street, an art deco style high-rise building, rising behind pink and white flowering trees on the edge of Boston Common. 180 Tremont was purchased by Emerson College in 1992 during John Zacharis presidency, laying the groundwork for Emerson's move from Boston's Back Bay to the Theatre District. Six years later, it was renamed the Ansin Building in honor of Sydney and Sophie Ansin, the parents of Edmund Ansin, who donated $1 million to the college. The Ansin building is home to Emerson's Visual & Media Arts (VMA) labs and facilities, offices for VMA and Writing, Literature & Publishing (WLP) departments, and WERS, WECB, and ETIN. It also contains the Tufte and 3D computer labs, Digital Production labs, and the Media Services center.

1992 - 2001

Corner view of the building shows four oblong towers atop a common first floor. The top of each tower has decorative architectural ornamentation. Purple and yellow Emerson College banners hang from the middle floors. The roof of the Boylston Street MBTA station entrance is visible in the lower right corner. In 1994, Emerson purchased and renovated the Little Building, a 12-story commercial structure at 80 Boylston Street, next to the Emerson Majestic Theatre and across the street from 180 Tremont Street. It serves as a residence hall with other college facilities and commercial space at street level. At the time of this photo, there was a 150-seat Cabaret theater in the lower level. The Little Building is an example of modern gothic skyscraper architecture. It was built in 1917 as office building with shopping arcade and named for Boston businessman and philanthropist, John Mason Little. It was designed by prominent Boston architect Clarence Blackall, who designed as many as fifteen theaters in the Boston area, including the Colonial and Wilbur theaters. Known as the “City Under One Roof,” the Little Building was the “first apartment house in any city along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States,” according to architectural historian Walter Muir Whitehill. The Little Building underwent its second major renovation by Emerson College between 2017 and 2019.

Lower level photo of the Tufte Center entrance on Boylston Place. People are shown exiting the building. A sandwich board sign next to a street lantern reads “TUFTE” with an arrow. Purple and gold Emerson banners hang from the 2nd floor. Buildings across the alley can be seen reflected in the glass windows. In 2003, the Tufte Production and Performance (PPC) building became the first purpose built structure created and built for Emerson College. It is named in honor of Emerson College trustee Marillyn Zacharis' parents, Norman I. and Mary E. Tufte. The state-of-the-art building was designed by Elkus/Manfredi architects and constructed by the Lee Kennedy Co., at the same time Emerson undertook the restoration of the historic Cutler Majestic Theatre next door. Info sources: Elkus-Manfredi;; Lee Kennedy website; Emporis; Imagine magazine..

Exterior of Charlesgate Hall with turret-like architectural features; South side from Marlborough Street. Emerson students were housed at Charlesgate Hall in the 1980s and early 1990s. The building was originally opened in the late 19th century as the Charlesgate Hotel, designed by architect J. Pickering Putnam as the centerpiece of Kenmore Square. The luxury hotel was a premiere location during Boston's gilded age. The building consists of three addresses: Four Charlesgate East, 535 Beacon Street, and Ten Charlesgate East. Emerson College purchased the building from Boston University in 1981 and sold it in 1995 when Emerson dorms were moved to the Little Building. Numerous student reports of supernatural activity over the years have given Charlesgate a reputation as one of the most haunted locations in Boston.


Front facade of 216 Tremont Street, Boston. The inscription above the entrance reads: "Union Savings Bank Building" with the dates 1865 and 1927. Purple and gold Emerson College banners hang near the middle floors. The former Union Bank building at 216 Tremont Street is a multipurpose building that houses: the Bill Bordy Theater and Auditorium on the ground floor, used for lectures, performances, performance classes and special events; the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, its clinic for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Lab (CSD); the offices of the Registrar, Student Financial Services, Health Services, Career Services, the Counseling Center and the International Student Center.


Two stacked photos of The Paramount Theatre's main house, before and after renovation. The land on which the Paramount stands has a history of earlier performance spaces dating back to 1836. Former spaces include the Melodeon, Gaiety, and Bijou. The Paramount Theatre first opened its doors on February 25, 1932 as one of the premiere art deco movie palaces built by Paramount Studios, but it closed in 1976 and fell into disrepair. Emerson purchased the building in 2005. Architects from the firm Elkus Manfredi worked with Evergreene Architectural Arts to replicate the paint and decorative motifs throughout the theatre and restore it to its original appearance. Emerson College reopened the Paramount Theatre to the public in March 2010. Today, the Paramount Center includes the adjoining "arcade" building providing theater space, film screening room, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and a dormitory. Info sources: Boston Globe (3/3/2010);; (Paramount Mainstage).

2000 - 2015

An architectural rendering of Emerson's Piano Row building. In 2006, Piano Row Residence Hall became the second purpose-built facility for Emerson College. It serves as a dormitory and houses the school's first gymnasium. The 14-story building sits at 150 Boylston Street and also houses the Max Muchnick campus center.


Melissa 'Lis' Gorman, a lab director at Brigham & Women's hospital, adjusts her mask before leaving for work. Neglecting to do so causes glasses to fog.


A lab director at Brigham & Women's hospital, Melissa 'Lis' Gorman's hand washing protocol is so intensive that she moisturizes her hands every night after work to repair the cracked and dry skin.


Melissa 'Lis' Gorman, a lab director at Brigham & Women's hospital, discards one of many masks in a designated box in the backseat of her car.


Melissa 'Lis' Gorman, a lab director at Brigham & Women's hospital, finds her glasses fogged up frequently throughout the day as a result of her mask becoming loose.


Part 1) Is a 1st-person nonfiction narrative account of my experience back to Boston from Phoenix during this unsettling time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Part 2) Written in a fantastical alternate point-of-view that can read as “autobiographical fiction.”


Melissa 'Lis' Gorman, a lab director at Brigham & Women's hospital, dons her mask before leaving for work at 5:00am every morning.


One Emerson, a projection of digital art on the side of the Little Building to commemorate Emerson’s Class of 2020 and other graduating seniors whose commencement ceremonies were postponed due to COVID-19.


President Lee Pelton congratulates graduating seniors on the day commencement was to be held but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jim Hoppe, Dean of Campus Life, congratulates Class of 2020 seniors.


The culmination of the Emerson Entrepreneurial Studies (E3) Students' year long experience in entrepreneurship, showcases their video pitches for individual startup ventures developed during the program. This year, the annual pitch competition event was virtual due to the pandemic restraints in the U.S. and across the world. But that didn't stop the resilient E3 students from delivering creative and impactful startup ideas in a virtual competition. Watch the video with all the elements of what would have been the big event on campus celebrating student entrepreneurs at Emerson College. Cash awards are presented to the top three student ventures, scored by a panel of external judges. In Addition, one student is awarded a $1,500 scholarship fund, chosen by the E3 Program Director and Assistant Dean, Lu Ann Reeb and the E3 cohort choses the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Spirit award.


Wavy Remnants, is a piece my partner, who is a musician, and I collaborated on together to pinpoint our general state of mind during Covid-19. The long stretches of time can feel chaotic with uncertainty and yet, contemplative and calming. And so we create to send a piece of peace and healing, with a reminder we all must take care of each other always.


A story and photo of neighbors helping neighbors.


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