Access to Timothy Dwight is through the impressive structure and gate at 345 Temple Street (directly across from one of Silliman’s small gates), with its second-floor columns, Federal-style peak and clock tower. The dining hall is modeled after a traditional New England Town Hall, furnished with long maple tables and black captain’s chairs. The room’s Federal-style architecture sports weathered, hand–hewn ceiling beams and trusses, paneled walls, large circular chandeliers and a circular window light on its southern wall.
Built in 1935, Timothy Dwight College was named for two former Yale Presidents from the same family lineage: Timothy Dwight IV was the eighth Yale president and the grandson of Jonathan Edwards; Timothy Dwight V was his grandson and Yale’s 12th president.
TD’s longstanding traditions include the annual TD weekend, with BBQ dinner on Friday and a crawfish boil on Saturday; and a widely popular (but unofficial) tailgate party held on the morning of the Yale-Harvard football game. One of Timothy Dwight’s best-known traditions is the snowball fight with rival Silliman College that it holds each year on the night of the first snowfall.
Among notable Timothy Dwight alumni are three-term Senator Lowell Weicker, the 85th governor of Connecticut; Olympic gold medal winner Sarah Hughes; former CIA director Porter Gross; and former Yale President, Kingman Brewster, Jr.