Across the Newton Campus, facing Centre Street, is Alumni House, principal location for the Boston College Alumni Association. Originally the residence of the Harriman family, for a time the building served as the library for Newton College. In 1967 it was renamed in honor of Roger Lowell Putnam, a benefactor of the college, and used for studios and classrooms for the Fine Arts Department.
In 1990, the entire residence was beautifully renovated. It then became the new home of the Boston College Alumni Association, which moved to the Newton Campus from its original location on Commonwealth Avenue.