Entry. Ezra Stiles Dining Hall is located at 248 York Street. To access the dining hall, use the Tower Parkway entrance and follow the path, bearing left until it leads you to the entrance to the dining room. Built in 1961 in the “Tuscan Towers” style, Ezra Stiles has long been nicknamed “Little Tuscany.” The interior offers a striking departure from the design of more traditional college halls and is dominated by grid-like rafters, contemporary lighting and stone and glass verticals that soar 30 feet. One end of the hall is anchored with a raised stage used for many community activities.
History and Traditions. Ezra Stiles College and adjoining Morse College were built in 1961-62 to handle Yale’s swelling undergraduate enrollment. The two college dining rooms are separated by a wall partition and share an open kitchen server at one end that features a large brick hearth oven and round, rotating grill used for creating flatbreads, Mongolian grill entrees and other specialty items.
A unique feature of Ezra Stiles dining hall is the large mounted moose head that looks out over its seating area. The moose is named for former Ezra Stile’s Head of College Bart Giamatti, Yale’s youngest president, who in 1989 became U.S. Commissioner of Baseball. Stiles hosts an annual “Medieval (K)night” in April when students enjoy medieval banquet fare and dramatic re-enactments of “Beowulf” dragon battles.
“We ate here.” Among other Ezra Stiles alumni are Lotus Development founder Mitch Kapor, famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, and the well-known political commentator and presidential advisor David Gergen.