The Usen Castle has become an iconic location here at Brandeis, and has long been used for Sophomore housing.
Recently, Brandeis announced a plan to close the castle and demolish the majority of it. Since that announcement, the Waltham Historical Commission has imposed a one-year demolition delay on the castle in hopes of keeping more of the structure.
They consider the castle a historical piece of Waltham and feel it is a major connection between the University and the city.
I plan to look at why exactly the castle is being closed, what led to the decision to close it, what the plan is in replacing the lost Sophomore housing, what can be expected to replace it, and what kind of timeline can be expected. I’m also hoping to speak to the Waltham Historical Commission and ask about their hopes for the building, what they are doing, and what it represents to them. I may also try to talk to current or former students who have lived in the castle, along with the committee involved in closing it, and those involved with deciding its future.