Thunderbird Common Room
Just as Chadwick and his wife Josefina traveled the world, Thunderbird’s common room captures the feeling of adventure and the great american frontier. Located in a tower many stories above the rest of the school, Thunderbird spans multiple floors; the house is one of the most spacious on campus with plenty of room to explore. Rough-hewn logs of fresh pine are set amid stone, supporting high-vaulted ceilings, and large windows look out in all directions over the vast world from Mount Greylock to beyond, allowing for plenty of room to practice charms and for spirits to soar. Windows are often left open to allow a breeze to pass through along with the smell of woods and fresh air.
While students may enter from the castle itself, Thunderbird house also offers a second entrance leading to the great outdoors. The exit is down a flight of stars, through a mudroom where students may take off well-worn adventuring gear when they enter, and pick up rope, packs, and protective warm coats when they leave. With getting out and adventuring as the main goal and pastime of most students, the house is simple and sensibly decorated, and spaces are built for relaxing at the end of an active day to recharge for the next. Arguably the best of these is the large observation deck that circles the entire tower, leading up to a rooftop open-air fireplace where students often study and watch storms grow in the distance.
In the true spirit of adventure and discovering new places and people, students are encouraged to add some of themselves to the decoration of the house. As such, the space is a colorful and daring blend of culture, students from over seas, the states, and American Indians alike sharing their view of the world and filling the house with spirit and soul. Beautiful chandeliers of deer antler and warm furs to keep out winter’s cold; every part of the animals hunted for survival at the time of Ilvermorny’s founding went to good use in Thunderbird’s rooms, and are still loved by students today. The architecture itself draws from both Chadwick’s and Josefina’s own travels, reaching as far as the American Southwest to bring in the bright patterns and clean finish of the pueblos, and a strong sense of coming from and being a part of nature, these together forming the spark that gives Thunderbird true soul.