Though the fire was a devastating loss to the campus, it also highlighted the generosity of the Mount Holyoke community. On the morning of the fire, Trustees Edward N. White and Joseph A. Skinner had been part of the crowd who watched the struggle against the blazing inferno, and later handed out railroad tickets to students traveling home for the holidays, replacing those that had been lost to the flames. Students from other dormitories were quick to offer clothing and other items to their classmates.
While the loss of the dormitory was estimated to be around $120,000, it was projected that much more — likely between $250,000 and $300,000 — would be needed for a new building, and the College received just a little over $100,000 from insurance. Early in the new year, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. generously donated $175,000 to rebuild the residence hall, thus carrying on the legacy of his father, who had contributed $40,000 to build “Old Rocky” in 1897. Additional funds were raised by passionate alumnae through efforts spearheaded by Emily Driscoll and Evelyn Gibson, both members of the class of 1920, who formed a committee that aimed to collect $10 gifts from each of the 2,000 residents who had ever lived in Rockefeller Hall.
Plans for the new building were drawn up within a month following the fire. Allen Cox, the architect whose Hillside dormitory (now called North and South Mandelle Halls) was already under construction, was selected to design the new building. The new residence hall, fondly called “Rocky Junior,” would go on to house 124 students, compared to the 90 who had previously lived in the destroyed dormitory.
Now, North and South Rockefeller Halls, affectionately known as the “Rockies,” are among the most popular residence halls on campus. Two separate halls that connect to form one majestic Tudor-style building, the Rockies’ large common rooms and sunrooms are host to many campus parties and events, making it an integral part of campus.