Bowdoin College’s College house system allows students the opportunity to live in beautiful century-old buildings while enjoying community living. Helmreich House, fondly known as “Helm” on campus, is part of this system and on the National Registry of Historic Places.
However, as anyone who has lived in a 100-plus-year-old home knows, there is a dark side to the palatial rooms and refined fireplaces of Victorian-era structures. Helm’s heating system was infamously temperamental and inefficient. As one former resident, Daniel Zeller ’15 put it, “The heat was either fully on or fully off for everyone. There was no way to find a happy medium.”
This summer, Bowdoin invested in some weatherization projects for the house that will not only improve the comfort level, but also the carbon footprint of the building. Maintenance coordinator Jim Deimer anticipates the upgrades will save the College at least 17%.