The Moosilauke project is beginning. Wow. See the aerial of timber framing. And see the unique, oddly-shaped timbers destined to become crucks and idiosyncratic railings and so on. Much of timber, the update states, was harvested under the direction of the College Forester from college lands on Trescott Road, off Grasse Road in Hanover.
The project page for the Ledyard Canoe Club replacement has a depiction of the future building. Taking advantage of the slope like a Pennsylvania bank barn, the clubhouse will stand three stories high.
The Rauner Library blog has a post on Dartmouth Night telegrams and a post on the Old Pine, particularly the fragment of the pine kept in the archives.
A presentation (pdf) from the summer shows possible bike lanes connecting Hanover and DHMC.
Speaking of Schinkel (in a post of two months ago), Adobe has produced a time-lapse video of Mike Campau recreating Schinkel's lost painting Cathedral Towering Over a Town using thousands of bits of stock photos.
The 2015 Jones Media Center interior renovation in Berry Library was designed by Jones Architecture and built by North Branch. Jones also designed the DartmouthX Studio around the same time. It occupies the far east end of Berry.
What if the college, finding itself expanding onto the south end of the golf course, simply added another nine holes to the east (by the Rugby Clubhouse) and to the north (behind the Fire Department, even into the Fletcher Circle neighborhood)? The Times had an article on swapping the front and back nine on a golf course.
Microsoft's Bing has its Streetside view (like Google Street View), and the service has come to Hanover. Are its photos taken at shorter increments than Google's? It does seem easier to navigate, but it offers less coverage nationally and in Hanover. The photos seem less sharp. The aerial and bird's eye views are superior to Google's.
Some of the best photos yet of the DEN space in 4 Currier (project page) are in the Truex Cullins blog.
If the Dartmouth Cup (see the post from the summer) does not fill the role of a mace, the college's eagle feather staff, featured in Dartmouth Now, surely could.
Dean of Libraries Jeffrey Horrell retired in June.
The Valley News reports that the owners of the Salt Hill Pub have bought the Seven Barrel Brewery in West Leb and that the college has sold its interest in Centerra Marketplace, the suburban mall partway to the hospital that houses a Co-Op Food Store location.
Co-Op Food Store in Centerra
11.28.2016 update: DEN project page link added.
Several posts here over the past few years have commented on the redevelopment of what's called the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford, comparing it to Hanover's own hospital district north of Maynard.
Rafael Viñoly Architects devised a 2008 master plan for the area that appears in an aerial view before the makeover:
Blavatnik site, with St. Paul's at left
View of construction site through hoarding
View of site from west: Templeton Green College, with Observatory
The Oxford University Press building is visible at the right, outside the quarter.
That church opposite the Press (St. Paul's) was a coffee shop/bar called FREVD that served as an example here in the Rollins Chapel reuse post.
Just beyond the church is the future site of the building of the Blavatnik School of Government (founded 2010, Wikipedia). Circle-in-a-square buildings do have a special history here, but even a person with some fondness for spaceship buildings could find something to quibble with in this project by Herzog & de Meuron.
The broad approach taken by the university as developer is interesting: there was archeology beforehand (Neolithic ring ditches!) and during construction there was an artist in residence and a set of public art presentations.
[Update 07.20.2014: View through hoarding added. Thanks to Hugin for panoramic image software.]
- 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.]
The Dartmouth reports again, this time with conviction, that the NCAC project as we know it is stalled. It seems as if it might have been effectively cancelled.
Bertaux + Iwerks Architects present an interesting might-have-been, a pre-NCAC design for a new central DMS building. The design would have given DMS a new signature structure and knitted together the existing campus by connecting Vail to Dana and the Life Sciences Center.
It is hard to tell whether this design would have been any more successful as a work of urbanism than the NCAC design, for all its faults. Then again, the NCAC had more space to play with, enjoying the removal of both Dana and Gilman.
The Alumni Office's twitter account has a photo of the huge elm tree on the ground in front of the Hood Museum. The Valley News reports that the tree struck Wilson as it fell, but it sounds like the damage is minor.
On the bright side, this frees up Tod Williams and Billie Tsien as they redesign Wilson's entrance.
- The Hanover Crew's boathouse is being built.
- ORW designed the landscape for the Williamson Building at DHMC and has some nice images of the design.
- ORW also has put up a project page for the transit hub in front of the Hop. The original design included a little heated pavilion.
- The conceptual design for Boora's Hopkins Center renovation was completed during Spring 2013 (OPD&PM).
- 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.]
Lebanon planning documents for the Williamson Translational Research Building (pdf) locate the site on the west side of the hospital, south of the main entrance. The building will project westward from the Rubin Building into the C-shaped area north of the Borwell Building.
The big building will be clad in metal panels, like the rest of the complex, but its form should exhibit a bit more variety than is found in most of its neighbors. It will contain laboratories as well as an auditorium.
The architect is listed as HDR Architecture, Inc., a giant global firm whose website has a section not only for translational health sciences buildings but also for vivaria. This building appears to be the firm's first in New Hampshire. It seems that the hospital's 55-year collaboration with Shepley Bulfinch, still active as late as 2010, might be ending.
- A thorough post on the use of goats in fraternity imagery covers the use of the term "goat room" to describe a meeting room. That term has been used a number of Dartmouth houses including Tri-Kap, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Gamma Delta, Zeta Psi, Sigma Nu, and Psi Upsilon. The first Goat Room built by Beta is visible at the far right of a photo on the Town's Flickr photostream.
- Bob Donin's 2011 oral history interview with William Jenkins '43 and his wife Mary contains these linguistic observations on page 18:
MARY: [...] And the other thing that's interesting—and I've talked about this to my few good friends who are still around who grew up here—when we said campus, we meant the Green. And it was never called the Green.
DONIN: Oh, it wasn't called the Green back then?
MARY: Well, at least not by any of us. Never used the word Green. And when we said campus, which was an incorrect use of the word obviously, we meant the Green. I'll meet you on campus. I'll meet— you know, use it in that context. And it's very interesting to see the evolution. And another thing that's different: When you were in college and I was dating and stuff, the word "frat" was considered to be a state university word, and everyone looked down their nose at it, and they never under any conditions would use the word "frat," meaning fraternity. And now it's I think commonly used.
DONIN: So what did you call—oh, you called it a fraternity.
MARY: A fraternity. Or by the Greek name.
- A Valley News blurb refers to plans "for a six-story addition just south of the main entrance" of DHMC, for research. Presumably this is the Williamson Translational Research Center.
- A nice history of the building of the Ray School.
- A new Maine Heraldry Blog is promising. Go moose-deer!
- Rauner Library is allowing visitors to lick one of the books in its collection.
- Thanks to Robert Goodby for citing the Notes toward a Catalog... in the 2006 Lebanon Slate Mill conservation study (pdf). Thanks for the citations to Halls, Tombs and Houses by Blake Gumprecht in The American College Town (UMass Press, 2010) and Carole Zellie in the University of Minnesota Greek Letter Chapter House Designation Study (2003). Glad the Review has adopted this site's analysis of the new Inn addition.
- Brilliant. Another post in praise of the aerial photo provided by Bing:
[Update 11.04.2012: Beta photo link added.]
We know about the recent go-ahead for the Williamson Translational Research Building at the south end of the DHMC complex (Skylight magazine Fall 2007 (pdf), Dartmed, Street View of site), but what about the already-begun Advanced Surgical Center and Clinical MRI addition at the north end?
Bing aerial of DHMC showing excavation at north end for MRI addition.
Also a "translational research" facility, the MRI addition was designed by Payette Associates of Boston. Work apparently began during August of 2011 and is set to conclude during 2013. See the numerous impressive images at the firm's page. An overview appears in Skylight (pdf) and a Lebanon planning document (pdf) shows how DHMC expanded the wing slightly during design to accommodate different equipment.
The Valley News reports on growth at the ever-expanding DHMC.
The kidney-shaped fraternal twins of suburban Hanover: DHMC and Centerra (from Google Maps).
(There is also a great low-angle aerial view of DHMC on Dartmouth's Flickr stream.)
The Heater Road building (a prior post) is nearing completion. About 200 people will move there from the main DHMC complex.
Then DHMC can perform a $16.6m renovation on one of its existing buildings to add critical-care beds. (And "DHMC's mail services are being moved off the Lebanon campus and into a former U.S. Postal Service building in Centerra Park.")
Finally, during their March meeting the trustees voted to approve a capital budget that includes "design funding for the Williamson Translational Research Building on the medical school's Lebanon, N.H. campus" (The Dartmouth). The press release states:
The building will house programs concerned with adapting laboratory discoveries to use in patient care, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary problem solving in areas including neuroscience, cardiovascular science, and immunology/infectious diseases, among others.
[Update 08.12.2012: Construction on Williamson will begin during June of 2013 and finish by September of 2015. The existing $20 million pledge will cover part of the estimated cost of $115 million. Bond info pdf, A-10.]
[Update 11.17.2012: Broken link to bond report fixed.]