The Alumnae House closed for renovations that the college hoped would make the house “fresher and cleaner.” For six months, the house would have all of its electrical wiring, plumbing, and carpeting replaced, its walls repainted, and computers installed. The college had been renovating the house in stages, adding an elevator in the previous year, so that some parts of the house could remain open and accessible for use. However, it was deemed to be much more efficient to shut down the entire house and complete the renovation in one go.