Welcome to Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons

Larry & Cathe McEnerney

– Resident Deans –


Larry and Cathe McEnerney have served as Resident Deans for Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East since Autumn 2009.  

They both received their BA degrees from the College of William and Mary. Larry has his MA from the University of Chicago and is Director of the University Writing Programs, as well as, a lecturer in the College. Larry consults throughout the world for writing and communications, his clients including universities, institutes, governments, law firms, and businesses. He is also President of the Board of Graduate Arts & Sciences at the College of William and Mary. Cathe is a proud native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and “don’t y’all forget it!” She is a board member of Bishop Anderson House at Rush Medical Center; board member of Brent House; Convention Planning Chair for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago; stitcher, designer, and teacher of needle arts.


Philippe Guyot-Sionnest & Caryl  Gout

– Resident Deans –

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest and Caryl Gout have served as Resident Deans for Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West since Autumn 2014.

Philippe studied Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique and Physics at Universitè Paris-Sud before receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a professor of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Chicago. Caryl has a BA in Journalism from Rhodes University in South Africa and is now a small business owner in downtown Chicago.

Originally from France and South Africa, respectively, Phillppe and Caryl bring a wealth of international experiences and interests to Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West.

About the Hall

Address: 6031 South Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL 60637|Phone: 773-702-4550

The Housing and Residence Life administrative staff that oversee Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons include:

Assistant Director of Residence Life:

Jessica Beaver-Hollman

Assistant Director of Operations: Robin Hardrick

Community Living

Architect: Goody Clancy & Associates, Inc.

Built: 2009

 Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons opened in the Autumn 2009 and features modern design while maintaining the traditional focus of the Houses. The Hall houses eight vibrant communities around two courtyards, defining two distinct residence hall communities (East and West), each with their own complement of Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, charged with community building. The Hall has two Resident Dean couples, (one for each side) who act as intellectual stewards for the residents.

House Communities



“Living in Housing has been a great experience so far. It creates a close-knit community that provides great experiences, activities, and people.”

Renee R.


“Living in Housing has made my transition to UChicago so much easier. There’s always someone to talk to and you have a solid support system of RAs, RHs, etc.” Malak A.


House Kitchens 

Community Bathrooms

5th Floor Reading Room

Singles, Doubles & Apartments

Two Large Building Commons

Music and Study Rooms

Sample Room Layout

Standard Room Furniture

XL Twin Bed


Wardrobe or Closet

Desk and Chair

Room Interiors