Sasaki Associates now has a page for its House Centers "pilot" program. This SCUP article has a "housing swarm" image that Sasaki created for Dartmouth. A Valley News article states that the college "estimated it will cost $12.8 million to build professors' residences and temporary centers for Dartmouth's Undergraduate House Communities program." But those have already been built. Presumably that estimate refers to completed construction. Any future, permanent versions of those buildings will cost a lot more than $13 million.
BBB has updated its page on the campus master plan to include a large version of that plan, an image of the West End plan (Green to Blue), and -- this is new -- a schematic perspective rendering of the cemetery bridge, which we can call Fletcher Viaduct.
This Valley News article notes Kendal's interest in building to the south on Rivercrest land and leaving the Chieftain land for recreation (rowing).
Sir John Soane's Museum in London has a computer model of the museum on line.
The architects have completed a design for the Irving Institute (Valley News).
The Dartmouth has an article on the success of the Town fence in front of Collis in reducing jaywalking.
The Hood has a brochure on public art on campus. The Class of 1965 has proposed to erect a statue of DOC founder Fred Harris in front of Robinson Hall. The campus architecture committee is considering the idea, according to the '65 newsletter.
A bit of biography on David Hooke, who's at the center of the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.
Dartmouth will play Brown at football in Fenway Park on November 10, Big Green Alert reports. Wild.
The Rauner Library Blog has a post about the Charter.
Kresge Library in Fairchild has turned 40 years old.
This Times editorial contains footnotes. Kinda neat, but also showy: if footnotes are needed here, why not everywhere? Or if the paper is to be relied on generally, why include notes here?
Big Green Alert points out the new use of the Lone Pine logo by the Co-Op. First impression? The trad typeface clashes with the fat Modernism of the pine. The use of the athletics nickname BIG GREEN in this seal-like, college-wide institutional device is also weird.
A Proliferation of Canes. Photos of the most recent Commencement show students carrying many strange, new-ish canes, most presumably representing senior societies. They feature a snake wrapped around a Native American arrow; a bearded old man; the domed main body of Shattuck Observatory (clever!); a snake clutching an apple in its mouth; a huge phoenix (for Phoenix, obviously -- is that cast resin or something?); a tail, perhaps belonging to a whale?; and a three-dimensional stylization of the stylized Lone Pine symbol (also a metal globe).
The British Pathe Archive has a 1935 newsreel called "Tricks on Skis" that shows some early extreme skiing (or "scheeing," as the announcer says it) at Dartmouth. A film about the 1939 Carnival shows Dick Durrance winning the slalom.
The archive also has a fascinating pre-1920 silent film of an unidentified Maori rugby team performing a haka. All of Wikipedia's examples of U.S. teams with a haka tradition involve gridiron football rather than rugby.
Oudens Ello has photos of the Collis renovation.
As part of Brown's 250th anniversary celebration, Brown's museum (in the amazing Doric Manning Hall) is presenting an exhibit titled "In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University" through October 2015. The exhibit sounds worthy of being made a permanent one. Dartmouth should have a permanent one too -- a permanent presentation of a history of the college and place where significant objects are kept. Part of the space can be devoted to the changing exhibits that now appear in the College History Room, which is really more of an Alcove.
Back in March the cover story in the DAM was a history of Dartmouth in fifty objects. The text notes that the College Usher, "usually the dean of libraries," has carried Lord Dartmouth's Cup at Commencement since 1983. That is an interesting (E.C. Lathem?) innovation, since the cup has been at the college since 1969; its use in the procession definitely removes any need for a mace. And let this post serve as a further encouragement of the revival of any other unfilled charter offices in time for 2019. The charter authorizes the trustees to "from time to time as occasion shall require elect constitute & appoint a TREASURER a CLERK an USHER & a Steward."
By the way, the Alumni Magazine has announced that it's going to have every issue on line soon, back to No. 1 in 1908.
Google Maps now let you see Street Views back in time (C|Net, Google Lat Long). In Hanover, the McLean ESC appears with and without the penthouse addition as you toggle between October 2010 and July 2013. Some places have three or four generations of imagery: at 8 Occom Ridge you can see a real turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts house get replaced. On Webster Avenue you can see the original Sig Ep house, then the current house under construction, then the finished product. And let's not forget Alpha Phi, replacing Larson's faculty apartments.
Google Maps also lets you rotate aerial views now. The new perspective makes a place seem foreign: what's this zig-zaggy campus tucked into a neighborhood of nice houses?
Naming: NATO's practice of assigning a reporting name to each type of Soviet aircraft (Bear, Foxbat) is familiar, but NATO also has named a U.S.-built aircraft, the P-63 Kingcobra. It was called Fred.
The Valley News story on the success of the equestrian team states that although the team once was the province
of the Dean of the College and the Dartmouth Outing Club, equestrian moved over to the college's athletic department three years ago.
[Update 05.18.2014: I must have read this but forgotten the details. From Edward Connery Lathem's 2009 memorial:
Mr. Lathem's having in 1983 pointed out that Dartmouth's royal charter of 1769 provides for inclusion among the institution's officers of an usher, as well as a steward, caused the college's board of trustees to reinstitute both of those long-dormant posts, and he from that point onward served as college usher, functioning as such within the ceremonial pagentry of annual convocation and commencement exercises.
I hope the steward's present obscurity does not mean that the office goes unfilled.]
- Work continues on the Williamson Translational Research Building at the hospital in Lebanon. Here is a notable tidbit about the building's namesake donor, the late Dr. Peter Williamson '58: he once owned the ultimate collector car, Lord Rothschild's Bugatti Atlantic. Williamson's car won the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003 and is now in the Mullin Automotive Museum.
- The Rauner Blog post on E.E. Just has a great old photo of Hallgarten. The building was built for the state ag school, known then as N.H.C.A.M.A., and its rear ell is the only part of any building from the campus to survive. The school later moved to Durham and became U.N.H., as its football website points out (via Big Green Alert). Of course, the most meaningful fact that relates to the football rivalry is that Dartmouth's Memorial Field, indeed the entirety of its athletic complex west of Park Street, was built on one of the state farm fields. The students of the N.H.C.A.M.A. learned how to raise crops in the place where Dartmouth students now play football.
- A group called Project VetCare is buying a house in Hanover, apparently around 65-75 Lebanon Street, to provide housing for veterans, including students (The Dartmouth).
- Dartmouth Medicine has had a redesign by Bates Creative.
- Wouldn't it be interesting if the U.S. had national food appellations (Wikipedia) beyond the grape-growing regions designated by the AVA? There simply is no equivalent to the geographical indications and traditional specialities of the EU (PDO, PGI, TSG), the AOC of France, or the DOC of Italy. Not all traditional foods are old -- Birmingham Balti has been proposed for the list of U.K. foods given protected status, and farmed Scottish salmon is already listed.
- Kendal has demolished the Chieftain (Valley News).
- Crouching Spider is going away (Flickr).
- Dartmouth has talked about changing the name of the overall institution -- the umbrella under which the undergraduate college and the graduate and professional schools operate -- from Dartmouth College to Dartmouth University. The purpose would be to raise the school's standing among observers, mostly outside the West, for whom "college" can mean a secondary school or lower school. A fascinating example of this renaming motive is found in Trinity College Dublin, another school that has landed outside the top 125 in the Times World University Rankings. Trinity was founded in 1592 (Wikipedia) as a constituent college of the University of Dublin. What makes Trinity odd is that the University never added any other colleges -- Trinity is all there is, and yet the university administration survives, under its own name. Trinity's rebranding now proposes to replace "Trinity College Dublin" with "Trinity College, University of Dublin." Oh well; at least the "improved" name seems historically-grounded and technically accurate. Brian M. Lucey argues against it in a blog post, and another post. The real controversy in the rebranding involves the coat of arms:
- Although the Irish Times claims that the Bible is being removed from Trinity's arms, that does not necessarily appear to be the case. According to an informative paper by Professor John Scattergood (pdf, via Brian M. Lucey), the arms, as formally granted in 1901, require "a Bible closed, clasps to the dexter." The rebranding includes a new, stylized version of the coat of arms that substitutes an open book, something that easily could be called "a Bible open." Visually, neither one of the shields identifies the book to the ordinary observer. The changes in colors are all part of the stylization and do no violence to the underlying historic coat of arms. (The University of Dublin obtained its own arms in 1862, and they contain an open book, incidentally.)
- UNH has picked a new logo, a shield designed by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. This shield is not one of the three shields that the firm initially proposed last year (post). Although a couple of those first ideas were intriguing, students and alumni were not pleased. The new identity guide (pdf) notes that "The specific blue color has been made a bit brighter than the past version."
- Just for your information, the maximum number of effective footnotes in a Word document (Word:Mac 2008) is 32,768. Notes above that number fail gracefully: they still work but are numbered incorrectly, all sharing either the number 32768 or one of a few numbers after that.
- The school's Flickr feed has a nice set of historic photos titled "BASIC at 50: The Democratization of Computing." It is especially gratifying to see the buildings identified: the College Hall basement, Kiewit, and so on. (In the lower right corner of another view of Kiewit is a glimpse of someone who could have been a predecessor of Usenet celebrity and campus character Ludwig Plutonium.)
- This fantastic photo of President Kemeny with his BASIC license plate was taken in the parking lot east of Bradley/Gerry, it appears, and has the rear addition of the Church of Christ for a backdrop (somewhat near this present-day Google Street View).
- From an article in The Dartmouth on planning VP Lisa Hogarty: "The biggest change in the College's capital budget, she said, will come from the proposed expansion to the Thayer School of Engineering." See the sample master plans of Koetter Kim (post) and Beyer Blinder Belle (post) and the Thayer press release on President Hanlon's 2013 expansion announcement.
- The news that a family had donated $100m to support Hanlon initiatives makes one think of the Harkness gifts to create "residential colleges" at Harvard and later Yale, but reading The Dartmouth, one learns:
Mastanduno said this gift represents a significant departure from past donations, which have tended to focus on capital infrastructure.
"This isn't about bricks and mortar," he said. "It's about the core academic mission of Dartmouth."
[Update 04.17.2014: Broken link to Mullin removed, Kendal spelling corrected.]
- There is a construction photo of the KD house on Occom Ridge in The Dartmouth.
- There is now a National Historic Vehicle Register patterned on the National Register of Historic Places (Hemming's).
- The school architects have posted a collection of minutes from meetings of the Executive Committee for Facilities & Space, including subcommittee minutes, from the 2008-2010 period.
- Among the interesting items in the committee minutes is a Haynes & Garthwaite plan for a replacement building at 26 East Wheelock (pdf). It was unbuilt but obviously gave rise to 2 North Park.
- The committee minutes also describe the 2008 Parkhurst stair hall renovation (pdf). Looking around the stair hall in 2006, there was a sense that the 2005-era renovation had never been properly completed. The iron globes (?) were missing from the stair newels; the vestibule plaque had been moved to the big empty wall at the landing; and most notably the Dartmouth Seal skylight had been taken out and not returned. It is not clear that the 2008 project fixed those problems.
- Hanover High won the NHIAA ski jumping championships at Oak Hill (Valley News).
- Hanover is getting a food truck (The Dartmouth).
- The school has appointed a new VP for Campus Planning Lisa Hogarty (The Dartmouth).
- The Rauner blog posted on the Dartmouth Medal.
- The school Flickr stream has a super winter aerial by Eli Burakian.
- Here is a photo of the north lounge in Collis after the renovation.
- Eastman's Pharmacy on Main Street has closed (The Dartmouth, Valley News). It was opened in 1938.
- Jens Larson is on the cover of a Bucknell University magazine from 2009 (pdf). The cover story describes his 1932 master plan in the context of new plan by SBRA.
- The roof of Alumni Gym over the Michael Pool is to be renovated again (The Dartmouth).
- Clement Meadmore's 1978 COR-TEN sculpture Perdido has been installed on East Wheelock Street below South Fayerweather Hall (Hood press release pdf, Flickr photo of installation, Facebook photo).
- Collis renovations are nearing an end (The Dartmouth), and people are talking about switching fuels for the Heating Plant (The Dartmouth).
- Bruce Wood discusses the possibility of a hockey game on the turf at Memorial Field (Big Green Alert blog).
- Rauner presents interesting research on the conch that students blew as a horn instead of ringing a bell during the eighteenth century (Rauner Library Blog).
- The Valley News has a remembrance of timber framer Edward Levin '69.
- Interior demolition soon will begin at 4 Currier, where the college is building a 3,000 s.f. innovation center (The Dartmouth).
- Telemark Shortline, the sculpture now located in front of Richardson Hall, has an interesting past as described by the Hood Museum:
Telemark Shortline was originally designed by the artist for a specific site between the Hopkins Center and Wilson Hall on Dartmouth's campus. When construction commenced on the Hood Museum of Art in 1982, the work was removed. In 2009, it was re-constituted by the artist in its current location. The first part of the title comes from the sculpture's form, which resembles a deep-snow turn made with a pair of Nordic skis. "Shortline" refers to both the railroad company name (the sculpture's composition brings to mind railroad tracks) and the artist's term for the bevel-cut ends of his beams.
- The post on traffic patterns around the Green has been updated.
- The Advanced Surgery Center addition to the north end of the DHMC complex will open this summer (Thayer School News). A presentation about the ASC reveals that it will have a distinct circulation route for animals.
- Thayer School's $300 House Project from a while back has been written up in The Guardian:
After the contest, a workshop was held at Dartmouth University where selected designers and architects further sharpened their ideas. Jack Wilson, team leader at Dartmouth, is now preparing to build two pilot projects in Haiti, one rural and the second urban.
- Not related to anything on campus, but an interesting idea encountered while perusing aerial views of Berlin, Germany: K.F. Schinkel's pioneering 1830s Bauakademie building (Wikipedia), demolished by the East Germans, was recreated as a cloth-covered scaffolding in 2005. It appears in current Bing low-angle aerial views.
- Charlottesville architect William McDonough '73 (Wikipedia) shares an anecdote about attending a Dartmouth talk by Buckminster Fuller in a blog post at the Times.
- Phase I of the Collis renovation, focused on the café, is finished (The Dartmouth).
- The Dartmouth Club of New York (at the 1915 J.G. Rogers clubhouse of the Yale Club) had a pong tournament last month (more).
- New information about the 2005 SBRA master plan for DHMC is coming to light:
An analysis revealed that the original DHMC organizational structure is reached its limits, necessitating a new way of organizing the campus. To provide an effective way to unify a larger assemblage of buildings, the master plan proposes a new circulation paradigm, employing a perimeter loop road that provides a sense of orientation and hierarchy to the dispersed building sites on land owned by DHMC and Dartmouth College.
- The fifteen-year backlog of linkrot has been tackled. All 270 or so broken links have been fixed or eliminated since November. Mobile formatting has been added and the old "Links" page was removed 11.17.2012. The html version of the "Notes toward a Catalog..." was deleted today.
- Sorry about the login screen popping up for comments. It is not supposed to appear.
- If this site proves too exciting, head over to the Lamb & Rich, Architects site. Small improvements and sometimes a few discoveries have been creeping into each iteration of the catalog of the firm's buildings.
- Please do click on the new advertisements on the right-hand side of this page.
- Thanks to Bruce at Big Green Alert for linking to the book at Google Books and this site in a post last month about "Dartmouth University."
[Update 06.09.2013: Broken link to presentation removed.]
The Dartmouth reported on March 4:
At this month's meeting, the Board of Trustees also voted to allocate $38 million to ongoing projects to improve existing facilities, including the Collis Center and Baker-Berry Library.
While you weren't looking, they changed the name of the Collis Center to "the Collis Student Center," and then they changed that to "the Collis Center for Student Involvement."
- Rauner's blog has a nicely-illustrated post on Upper-Valley photographer George Fellows, who died in 1916.
- The Dartmouth on the Collis renovation:
The new cafe will have an expanded serving area and new cooking equipment, including eight burners at the hot-food station instead of the previous six. The space will feature a larger salad bar, and a Freestyle Machine with over 100 different sodas. The sandwich station will be larger and may feature more filling options.
- While the ground-level space in the Grange building (Rosey Jekes) is unoccupied, a tapas place called Candela is moving into the coffee shop space in the basement (The Dartmouth).
- Page 7 of the Winter issue of the Hood Quarterly (pdf) has a guide to public art at Dartmouth: a map with a dozen works listed.
- Hanover has received the findings of a parking consultant (The Dartmouth).
- Student slang: The adjective grim makes an appearance in this year's Carnival theme, "The Grimmest Carnival of Them All" (Mirror cover). On a related note, did anyone else wonder whether the word "joe" in this Sports Illustrated piece on Adam Nelson '97 was meant to be written with a lower-case j?
A few days after that win, I met with him at his training base at Stanford, where he explained the mechanics of shot putting with the memorable description: "Little Joe makes the ball go," while patting his round belly.
- The New York Times has an interesting travel article on skiing the old CCC trails in New England. It mentions Dick Durrance.
- A post about Ross Ashton's Five Windows projection at Dartmouth gives new details on the effort that was required for the show. Each of the windows on the front facade of the Hop was covered with a custom-made Spandex shade attached to the steel window frame by magnetic strips.
- On the expansion of the Hood Museum:
We have received a tremendous response to the last issue of the Hood Quarterly, in which we began coverage of our ambitious plans for the museum's future by interviewing Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the architects chosen by Dartmouth College to renovate and expand the museum's current facility, as well as the adjacent historic Wilson Hall. Planning for this project, which will see the museum double its gallery space and triple the number of its classrooms through the addition of a new Museum Learning Center, is well underway. I look forward to sharing Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's breathtaking and highly innovative designs for the expansion with you in an upcoming issue of the Hood Quarterly.
Michael Taylor, "Letter from the Director," Hood Museum of Art Quarterly (Winter 2013), 2 (pdf).
[Update 03.31.2013: Broken link to Ashton post removed.]
- Baker is displaying an exhibit titled Innovation on the Slopes: The Early Years of Skiing at Dartmouth, and the Rauner blog has a post on the historic 1935 J-bar lift at Oak Hill.
- Dartmouth Now has an article on the Skiway.
- The Green Building Information Gateway has some information (pdf) on the North Campus Academic Center: The senior associate with architects KSWA is Lena Kozloski and the landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the same firm that is involved in the campus plan. The building will stand seven stories above grade (presumably on the northwestern facade, with fewer stories visible to the south).
- The Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree seems to be taking on a Tuck-y flavor with its first investiture (Tuck Today). It is notable that this is the first class to finish the MHCDS program; that the program is not "online" or "mostly online" but "low-residency" (see the chart); that the ceremony took place in January, but that graduates can still participate in Commencement in June; and that the ceremony was held at the Inn. (This photo of the class from Dartmouth's Flickr photostream seems to be the first photo anywhere to show the new eastern addition to the Inn.)
- The Valley News reports (limited access) that the Friends of Hanover Crew will have to wait another year for a new dock.
- The Dartmouth reports that a student-driven coffee stand is opening in Stell Hall.
- Universitization: Back in 2011 the college lamented the fact that it was ranked "99th by the QS World University Rankings and 90th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings" (The Dartmouth). The QS rankings for 2012 list a non-"University" at number one and list two "Colleges" among the top six schools. Indeed, four of the top ten schools are named something other than "University." The current Times rankings place a different school without the word "University" in its name at number one. Three of the top eight are not "Universities."
- The Valley News has an article (limited access) on ski jumping in high schools in the Upper Valley.
- The Concord Monitor and Dartmouth Now report that the Ice Chimes sculpture has been installed by the LSC.
- The Dartmouth reports on the beginnings of the Boora project to renovate and expand the Hop.
- The Planner has more information on the Collis renovation.
- An interesting early Machado & Silvetti design for the VAC and a Hop addition shows up in the portfolio of Seth Clarke Design on pages 42 and 43. That image of the Hop footprint is actually taken from Hopland on this website.
[Update 03.31.2013: Broken link to Skiway article repaired.]
[Update 03.03.2013: Some typos and grammar corrected.]
With its decapitated columns and especially its full trees, which encroach on the building and Romantically cast shadows on the floors of nearby rooms, it really does look like A View of the Ruins of the Collis Center. If the walls were crumbling instead of sliced cleanly, the image would be a complete homage to Giovanni Battista Piranesi or Joseph Gandy (Wikipedia; his unfortunately prescient painting of John Soane's Bank of England as a ruin is in the Wikimedia Commons).
The project is bringing the serving area of the cafe right out to the front of the building, into the original reading room space. The existing mid-1990s dining room, originally built as the Club Room, will remain where it is.
Renovations will also allow Collis joint usage of the air handler that currently supplies the Class of 1953 Commons with air conditioning and heating. The Collis Center is frequented by students year-round, but the lack of air conditioning minimizes usage during the warmer months, according to Ramsey.
The Oudens Ello project will expand the cafe and reorganize other interior spaces. It is interesting how the same pattern has recurred two or three times over the last 25 years: (1) The food is popular, and the food-service area becomes way too crowded; (2) when the cafe is finally expanded, it is time to take an off term.
Prior to founding their practice in 2007, Mr. Oudens and Mr. Ello held senior leadership positions at Machado and Silvetti Associates[.]
The work will improve the air conditioning and expand the food-service area eastward to the front wall of the building, taking over the narrow eating area and corridor that occupied that space (The Dartmouth).
[Update 07.07.2012: Details on reconfiguration of spaces and link to The Dartmouth added.]
Although Dartmouth seems to take some pride in having a campus without any gates, it could still benefit from the exercise of defining a campus boundary and identifying the major entrances to the academic precinct. A sketch from several years ago:
This is all fairly obvious, but it does not seem to receive much attention in writing. The greatest coherence (and the greatest support for the idea of walkability) seems to be achieved by reducing the number of gates and pulling them inward.
The only site where two gates would stand close to each other is at the southwest corner of the Green. Pulling the gates toward the center would allow them to share a single gatepost on the Green itself, but that would detract significantly from the Green and would interfere with the tree on the corner. Here, the gates should spring from the Inn and C&G (south gate) and from Collis and C&G (west gate):
Again, this is not a proposal, and Dartmouth does not need any more* gates.
However, if this sort of project were built, and if it were differentiated from its direct ancestor, Charles McKim's wonderful gates at Harvard, the builders couldn't go wrong with a set massive rusticated granite piers supporting a timber truss. This would refer to the Connecticut river bridges, especially Rufus Graves's arched truss of the late eighteenth century.
* Tuck Drive was built with a brick gateway at each end. The lower example survives. More recently, Scully-Fahey Field was erected with a large freestanding gateway.
The Lone Pine Tavern, created in College Hall's (ex-cafeteria?) basement as part of the 1994 Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell renovation, has closed and will be replaced with something more cost-effective called One Wheelock, The Dartmouth reports. I remember buying the second beer served in the place, and although not the biggest fan of the name, I liked the change of atmosphere that it represented. It is hard to believe it has been fifteen years. One hopes that someone will document the room in a panoramic photo while the decor is still intact.
The Zahm Memorial Garden, which filled the sunken space in front of the Hinman Boxes alongside the Inn, has been redesigned as the War Memorial Garden by Saucier + Flynn. The WWII/Korea memorial, a granite plaque, has occupied the end wall of the Inn since it was moved from under the Hood's upper bridge in the early 1990s. The school moved the Vietnam Memorial, a sculpture, from the Collis Center to the garden. The Class of 1945 also gave the garden a plaque.
Google's recent acquisition of the garage where it began as a company in 1998 and the preservation of the garage where Hewlett and Packard began working in 1938 point out the importance of documenting Bradley and Gerry Halls and marking their sites after they are demolished, since they have some role in the history of computing. Demolition begins as soon as this month.
Bradley is not, however, the place where Kemeny and Kurtz and others created BASIC in 1964, as reported here in "A Plea for the Shower Towers." A College news release states that BASIC was invented in College Hall, and that is indeed where the school put its GE-235 during February of 1964 after taking delivery of it. BASIC first ran that May and the school moved the machines to the existing Bradley Hall later.
This is historic preservation for the twenty-first century: a group has formed to recreate the first Dartmouth Time-Sharing System, which started in 1964 in the basement of College Hall on a GE-235 computer (used for executing programs) and a GE DN-30 (for communicating with the remote teletype terminals).