In 1994, Emerson purchased the Little Building, a 12-story commercial structure next to the Emerson Majestic Theatre and across the street from 180 Tremont Street. It serves as a residence hall for 748 students with a dining hall, fitness center, mail room, print and copy center and other facilities. There is 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/shopping arcade complex and named for Boston businessman and philanthropist, John Mason Little. It was designed by prominent Boston architect Clarence Blackhall, who designed as many as fifteen theaters in the Boston area, including the Colonial and Wilbur theatres. The Little Building is slated for renovation starting May 2017.
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Emerson College Archives and Special Collections
“Little Building,” ECHO: Emerson College History Online, accessed July 28, 2021, https://emersonhistory.omeka.net/items/show/274.