Cupola in Davenport College

Harkness Tower with the word "Sample" printed over itFor three years I roomed with Barney O’Meara in 1353 Davenport College on the fourth floor above the beautiful curving stairs to the main wing of the college. If you climbed past our floor you came to a fifth floor and then to an attic with a ladder that led to a trapdoor that opened onto the octagonal cupola. You could see all over New Haven from up there. Barney decided to turn it into a place “where we could take girls.” He found two mattresses, cut off the corners, and fitted them into the space. He also piped in some music. It was a really cool space.

As for the girls, I only took one up there, and a day after graduation I married her.

David Wyatt