Entry. Pierson Dining Hall is accessed at 265 Park Street, between the cross streets of Elm and Chapel. As you pass through the Park Street gates you will face a courtyard, but instead of following its pathway, bear left, following the curvature of the walk until you reach the entrance to the dining hall. Two wood doors open up to a short hallway and the entrance to Pierson’s dining hall is on the left. Bright and airy, Pierson was built in the Georgian Revival style with a dining hall reminiscent of an 18th century New England meeting room. It has large, arched clerestory windows and walls lined with replicas of New England church pews.
History and Traditions. Pierson College is the largest residential college at Yale. It is named for Abraham Pierson, the first rector and one of the original founders of the Collegiate School that became Yale University. Pierson’s traditions include The Inferno, an annual Halloween dance with much costumed pageantry; the Tuesday Night Club (a weekly lower-court gathering); and Pierson Day, held each year on the last day of academic classes, when the community gathers for a spring festival involving food and outdoor games.
“We ate here.” Pierson alumni counts among its alumni Jeffrey Bewkes, president and CEO of Time Warner; Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont; noted film critic Gene Siskel; and Yale’s current president, Peter Salovey.