Image of the plaque on the Humanities House

The Humanities House at 115 Franklin St. is a new resource for Humanities-affiliate programming, specifically for those wishing to find a space for an event of some kind—reading group, shared meal with a speaker, meeting, reception, and so on.

The House has two large reception rooms, one of which includes a dining area that comfortably seats at least 12 people. There is also a small, well-equipped kitchen with stove, dish-washer, and other amenities.

To book the House for an event, please contact Mirjam Brett. Before you do, please check the calendar here for availability. 

For events that require services from Facilities, Custodial, Media, or any other type of support please inform Event Management least 7 business days in advance via the event reservation request form at. Event Management will assist you in arranging for tables, chairs, and other necessary equipment.

If you plan to have your event catered in-house, keep in mind that food orders need to be placed at least 10 days in advance. Visit the catering website for detailed information which also explains the restrictions on serving alcohol.

We welcome those who are organizing events related to the Humanities to this space and hope that you enjoy your time here.

Humanities House Rules 

Organizing catering for your event is your responsibility, whether you use College catering or a private caterer.

We receive only rudimentary janitorial services (cleaning of bathrooms, floors, and removal of trash/recycling/compost) and therefore ask that you clean and tidy up after using the space for an event:

  • If you move furniture to meet the needs of your gathering, please put everything back to its original order.
  • If you use the kitchen, please wash everything you used, put it away where it belongs, and carefully wipe all used surfaces including the dining tables.
  • If you use the dishwasher, please return all clean items to their original places.
  • Please do not leave any perishable food behind. It is OK to leave extra condiments, spices, coffee or tea that may be used by others.
  • Upon exiting, ensure that all lights are turned off, windows are closed, and doors are locked behind you.  
  • If you need to adjust the heat in the house during your stay, please make sure to turn the thermostat back to its original position (68)  when you leave. 

Axinn Center for the Humanities
Axinn Center at Starr Library
Middlebury, VT 05753