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Burton-Judson Courts is a dormitory complex at the University of Chicago. One of the few undergraduate facilities located south of the Midway Plaisance, B-J is a castlelike edifice built in a gothic style similar to that of the University's main quadrangles. B-J was the first on-campus residence of eminent astronomer Carl Sagan, who lived in room 141 (See "Carl Sagan, A Life"). It also served as the location of the much-publicized construction of a functional nuclear breeder reactor for the 1999 University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt.

B-J is organized into seven "houses":

  • Chamberlin, reigning BJ Olympics Champion (2009), winner of the first two Scavenger Hunts (1987 and 1988). With its six-story "Tower," it is the tallest of the houses. Denizens are referred to as "cabbers."
  • Vincent, winner of the 1996 Scavenger Hunt. Won the BJ Olympics (2006) and current Undergraduate-wide Intramural Sports Champions.
  • Coulter, named after botanist John Merle Coulter
  • Mathews, home of the functional breeder reactor in 1999, and founder of the Federation of Independent Scav Hunt Teams (the FIST).
  • Linn, widely known as "Linn, Linn, House of Sin."
  • Salisbury, won BJ Olympics in 2007 and 2008, and reigning Undergraduate Intramural Broomball Champions (2007, 2008).
  • Dodd-Mead, home of Carl Sagan and undefeated winner of the first four Classical Entertainment Society Chariot Races (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008).

Notable Residents


  1. ^ Carl Sagan:A Life
  2. ^ University of Chicago 1953 Student Address Book
  3. ^ University of Chicago 1951-1952 Student Address Book
  4. ^ University of Chicago 1954-1955 Student Address Book

Coordinates: 41°47′08″N 87°36′02″W / 41.7855°N 87.6006°W / 41.7855; -87.6006



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