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Mt. Hope Campus Goler House

George Washington Goler House

Goler House Plaque Goler House under construction.

Dedicated on June 6, 1972.  Named after George Washington Goler. The 321 apartments are among the University’s most spacious and include studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments.

Originally built to house graduate students and staff, but is now limited to graduate students.

1968 "$7 Million Housing Planned by U. of R." Democrat and Chronicle, September 16, 1968, Page 4B.
The University of Rochester yesterday revealed plans for a $7.1 million apartment building to be located in Crittenden Boulevard near Mt. Hope Avenue. The U-shaped building, with a 13-story center section and 12-story "wings," will be used primarily for housing medical center staff and students. The final plans for the project must still be approved by the University's Board of Trustees and the New York State Housing Authority. Three variances from the city's zoning ordinance also have to be granted. A University spokesman said last night that all funds used in the project will come from the federal government. He said the federal funds are available under the Mitchell-Lama Act which provides money for low- and moderate-income housing. "This is sorely needed," the ' spokesman said, "and has been for years. It will keep us competitive with all the other medical centers in the country, so far as housing is concerned." The university has needed housing for graduate students and staff since the most recent housing project, Whipple Park, filled. "All the 250 apartments there are filled, and we needed an in close location," the spokesman added. If all plans and requests are approved, the university plans to have its prime builder, Wilmorite Corp., finish the project by July 1, 1970. The building will include efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and recreation areas. The architect is Brown, Gunther, Battaglia, and Galvin of New York City. Groundbreaking for the 308-apartment project has been set tentatively for December. The new housing would complement the new 700-bed addition to Strong Memorial Hospital scheduled for 1972 completion.

1970 Footprints : the story of Rochester Management, Inc. 
Pages 16-17:  Chapter VI:  The Expanding University

1972 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 4, 1972, Page 12B.
A $7 million, 13-story apartment building at the University of Rochester Medical Center will be dedicated Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.  The George Washington Goler House, named in honor of Dr. George W. Goler, city health officer during the 1920s, is a 312-unit apartment building for members of the university community.  It is the largest apartment building in the city in terms of rental area.

1974 "Tenants fighting university plan to increase rents," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, November 12, 1974, Page 1B. | part 2 |
If the increases are approved, a one bedroom apartment now renting for $178 per month will cost $224 by July and $266 a month by 1978.  Rents include all utilities and local telephone service.
[Note: $178 in 1972 is worth $1,109.20 today, well below the current rent.]

1974 "Costs, low rents, vacancies blamed for debt," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, November 15, 1974, Page 8B.
Supposed to cost $7.2 mmillion, would up costing $8.5 million to build.  Request to raise rents by about $47 per month.  When the project opened in June 1972, rents were lowered by $24 month.

1975 To each his farthest star:  The University of Rochester Medical Center -1925-1975, edited by Edward C. Atwater and John Romano.
Page 240:  Of special note is the importance of the land that was purchased by the University at the time of the transfer of the Rochester Municipal Hospital. This land provided the site for the construction of the completely new Strong Memorial Hospital to the east of the original structures, thus allowing the original Hospital to function fully throughout the construction phase of the new. The importance of this fact cannot be overemphasized, since it made possible the uninterrupted care of patients and the education of medical students, interns, and residents in the old hospital during the five years when the new was under construction.The land has also provided the space for the construction of an apartment building, the Dr. George W. Goler House, to provide housing for hospital employees, house staff, and students; and for the proposed new Eastman Dental Center, that will move from its location downtown to the campus of the Medical Center.

1977 "Goler House temporaries housed on River Campus," Campus Times, November 10, 1977, Page 1 | Part 2 |

1983 "Guest rooms available at Goler, Towne House," Currents, October 14, 1983, Page 5
Patients at Strong Memorial Hospital, their families, and University visitors can find convenient quarters in University residences at George Washington Goler House or the University Towne House, according to Alan Heyneman, associate vice president for administration.
Both Goler House and the Towne House “offer proximity to the Medical Center and River Campus at rates quite competitive with local motels,” Heyneman said.
Fourteen one-room, studio-type “efficiency” apartments on the first floor of Goler House have been reserved for incoming or just-discharged Strong patients, those receiving out-patient therapy or diagnostic evaluation, families and guests of hospital in-patients and out-patients, parents of University students, and other guests of the University. Each room has a private bath and can accommodate up to three people.

1991 "Helen Wood to close as residence hall," Campus Times, February 28, 1991, Page 1. | Part 2 |
Undergraduate living space in Goler.

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