TZE’s first society house was built on the east side of campus, and was removed when construction of the new Science Center began. A new house, fondly referred to as “The Little Brick House on Tupelo Lane” was set to be built near Lake Waban. The site of the house was approved and plans were developed by three TZE graduates: Eleanor Raymond (’09), Helen Baxter Perrin (’23) and Esther Parsons (’23). The plans and site were reviewed by Arthur Shurtleff, a consulting landscape architect, and the new TZE house was finally built in 1929.
Our beautiful English cottage, reminiscent of the Cotswald tradition, has a unique and varied roof of multiple elevations. Although the house can be viewed as four blocks or units, the roof integrates the units by sweeping from one elevation to another without angular breaks, unifying the building. From the slightly elevated roadway approaching the house, the roof produces a dramatic impression, and its polychromatic slate shingles contrast nicely with the brick exterior walls to create the charming effect of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society House on the shores of Lake Waban.
The Tau Zeta Epsilon House is a treasured home to many members and alumnae of TZE. Any member of Tau Zeta Epsilon or the greater campus community may rent the TZE house for a personal event. Examples of past events for which the TZE house has been rented include class meetings, lectures, luncheons, baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings.
Features of the house include a full service kitchen, a stage, a fireplace, a Steinway & Sons piano, and a deck with four french doors opening onto it. The house has a capacity of 100 people. The front of the house includes beautiful views of the Wellesley campus and the shores of Lake Waban.
Tables, chairs, flatware, and table linens may be rented from local rental companies. Parking space for up to five cars is available on Tupelo lane right next to the house, and additional parking is available in the campus visitors’ lot, at a 5-10 minute walk from the house.
If you are interested in renting The Little Brick House on Tupelo Lane for your own special event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to welcoming you into our home!