Entry. Davenport Dining Hall is located at 248 York Street in a Georgian-style building with a gothic façade (there is also a back entrance from Park Street). Upon entering the main York street gate, turn left and follow the pathway, which will curve to the right. About half way down, you’ll go through two large wooden doors and turn left to the dining room entrance.
When entering Davenport’s dining room, your attention is immediately drawn to the elegant Waterford chandelier hanging from the center of its white, barrel-vaulted ceiling. The room’s expansive, wood-paneled walls are punctuated with tall, curtained windows and a Chipendale-like, carved wooden arch above its fireplace paneling.
History and Traditions. Built in 1933, Davenport College is named after well-known Puritan and New Haven founder John Davenport. Its large open courtyard is filled with students during Davenport’s best-known tradition, the usually-raucous John Davenport Day. The college’s mascot, a 400-pound carved redwood gnome donated by a former alumnus, guards the dining hall.
“We ate here.” Well-known Davenport alumni include former Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush, Doonesbury creator Gary Trudeau; and National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr.