With generous support from members of the Class of 1957 and other alumni, Whittier College has established a permanent “home” for alumni on campus in the Alumni House (formerly Johnson Faculty Master House). Physically attached to Johnson Residence Hall, the two-story Alumni House was designed by the architectural firm of William Lloyd Jones, Inc., and completed construction in 1991. A guest apartment for alumni and other special visitors was added in 2007, expanding the structure to approximately 3,500 square feet.

Since the early 1990s, Alumni House has served as both a faculty-in-residence and a place to support the transition of first-year students to college life. Unlike Hartley and Garrett Houses, the programs and events at Alumni House always focus on first-year students and now have been expanded to include special programs with alumni visitors, mentors and career services activities. Associate Professor of English Sean Morris is the current faculty-in-residence for Alumni House, through May of 2009.


The adjacent Johnson Residence Hall is named in honor of Susan and Clifford Johnson. Susan Johnson was one of the first women to join the College’s faculty in 1895, first teaching science and mathematics, then later, the classics. Clifford Bevan Johnson, her husband, was a member of the College’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. In 1944, the Johnsons made a generous donation of $100,000 that would eventually endow the Susan and Clifford Johnson Library of Quaker Literature, and make the construction of Johnson Residence Hall possible in 1955.