Morrow House is one of the 10 houses of "the quad." The path from the quad to the center of campus passes the president's house and offers a beautiful view of Paradise Pond.
The complex was built in stages starting in 1922, to alleviate a housing shortage on campus. When all the houses were completed in 1936, William Allan Neilson, then the president of Smith, pronounced it the "Great Quadrangle."
Since the quad is a 10-minute walk from academic buildings and a 15-minute walk from downtown Northampton, some students prefer to use a bicycle.
Unique to Morrow House is its "poetry room" which became part of the house's design at the suggestion of Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. Morrow, for whom the house is named, was a graduate of Smith and served as acting president of the college in 1939. The room contains a collection of volumes of poetry and books about poets, inviting readers to enjoy what was one of Morrow's chief pleasures.