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Hasty Pudding Club to relocate in Harvard Square

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 12, 2013 03:05 PM

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The Hasty Pudding Club plans to soon move to a new home in Harvard Square.

The well-known Harvard University student social club plans said it plans to move by the end of the month into the historic Hyde-Taylor House at 96 Winthrop St., a space occupied by Irish pub Tommy Doyle’s, which recently announced plans to close.

The new space will be the sixth clubhouse in the history of the 218-year-old organization, the club said in an announcement Thursday.

The oldest collegiate social club in the country, it has been located at 2 Garden St. for about the past decade.

The building at 96 Winthrop will serve the headquarters of The Hasty Pudding Institute and will be shared equally by The Hasty Pudding Club, The Hasty Pudding Theatricals and The Harvard Krokodiloes, the announcement said.

“It was important to find a new location to meet the diverse needs of the Hasty Pudding Club, Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Kroks, and to serve as a place where our longstanding traditions can continue to thrive,” said a statement from Andrew L. Farkas, Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. “We are thrilled that we have found the perfect complement with our new home and we look forward to adding our own history to the building.”

The club plans to hold a celebratory unveiling next month, after the holiday break and in time to host part of the popular Woman of the Year award festivities on Jan. 30.

The club said the Hasty Pudding Theatricals annual production will continue to perform at its ancestral home and theater, Farkas Hall, at 12 Holyoke St., which is also home to the “Hasty Pudding Lobby,” a permanent museum of original artwork and other items from the club’s past.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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