Welcome to Snell Hitchcock Hall

Larry & Penny Rothfield

– Resident Deans –

Larry and Penny Rothfield have served as Resident Deans for Snell-Hitchcock Hall since Autumn of 2009. Prior to Snell-Hitchcock Hall, they served as Resident Deans for the Shoreland Residence Hall.

Larry received his BA in English at Stanford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. Larry is currently an associate professor with appointments in Department of English Language and Literature and in the Department of Comparative Literature. He is also a research associate in the Cultural Policy Center. Penny received her BA in History from Columbia University and is now studying painting at the School of the Art Institute. Larry’s extracurricular interests include playing guitar (sometimes in bands with other faculty members), writing about the looting of antiquities on his blog, and seeking out strange, exotic, and delicious food from Chicago’s wonderfully diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Larry is also a great cook. Penny, when not making art, is usually reading, gardening, or working on her “Bliss List.”

About the Hall

Address: 1009 E. 57th St. Chicago, IL 60637|Phone: 773-702-5675 

The Housing and Residence Life administrative staff that oversee Snell -Hitchcock Hall include:

Assistant Director of Residence Life: Robert O. F. Valentin

Assistant Director of Operations: Meaghan Ward

Community Living


Architect: Henry Ives Cobb
Built: 1893


Architect: Dwight Heald Perkins
Built: 1902

Located on the main quad, Snell-Hitchcock was built in the neo-Gothic style. Each House has four floors and no elevator. The Hall houses two vibrant communities, each with their own complement of Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, charged with community building. The Hall has one Resident Dean couple, who act as intellectual stewards for the residents.

House Communities
“Living in my building has been formative in my four years at UChicago. I’m able to have a space to myself, and I can also share and bond with other people in both of our Houses. With a close proximity to the main quad and a very supportive environment, as well as fun activities, I couldn’t have picked a better residence hall. Snell-Hitchcock itself has beautiful architecture, with plenty of green ivy wrapped around the exterior during the spring.” Carolina M .


Community Kitchen

Community Bathrooms

Large Oak-paneled tea room

Single, Double, and Triple Rooms

Reading room with fire place

Interior Courtyard

Sample Room Layout

Standard Room Furniture

XL Twin Bed


Upholstered Side Chair

Wardrobe or Closet

Desk and Chair

Room Interiors