Here’s to the Polka Dot; other topics

The Valley News has an article with some superb photographs on the Polka Dot Restaurant by the tracks in White River Junction. The 1925 building seems to have hosted a diner from the beginning; owner Mary Shatney started working there in 1959 and had to close the place last year. It’s up for sale — […]

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Neighborhood planning, other topics

In 4 Currier, the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator is operating (NHBR, via Dartmouth Now). The extensive renovation has ended and Triangle House is now open (Dartmouth Now). Amidon Jewelers is closing its store on Main Street, The Dartmouth notes. Amidon has been in town since 1935. The College is looking […]

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The inevitable demolition news

First, the Brown game takes place today. It will be the last game played before Jens Larson’s 1923 West Stands at Memorial Field. The steel-framed concrete seating terraces will be demolished and removed from behind the brick facade, which will remain, beginning this week. Second, The Dartmouth reports that: The College also plans to rebuild […]

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Graphic design, history, Friendly’s

Take a look at this fascinating 19th-century photograph of the rear of Dartmouth Row. It is dated to the pre-1904 period, but judging from the tents, one might guess that it was taken in 1869, at the time of the centennial celebration. Younger alumni, many of them Civil War vets, were housed here in tents […]

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College Cleaners demo, other items

Athletic Director Harry Sheehy interviewed in the Valley News: If you talked to our previous coaching staff, we were injured because we had to practice outside, but I don’t buy it. I would love to have an indoor facility so you could practice indoors for an hour and outdoors for an hour. I’m not saying […]

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In the archives of the Alumni Magazine

Some fun things are to be found by rummaging indiscriminately in the new on-line archive: Harrison’s first design for the Hop appeared in a remarkable illustrated article from 1957.1 This is the boxy, pre-arcade version of the building. The Top of the Hop was to have a cylindrical glass-walled void running through its center, all […]

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Bus stop construction begins; other items

The Innovation Center in 4 Currier has opened (Dartmouth Now). The design appears to be by Truex Cullins, who did the original building. A little film introduces Perdido, the new sculpture on East Wheelock. The Alumni Magazine has put up its electronic archive of every issue since the October 1905 Dartmouth Bi-Monthly, edited by E.M. […]

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Planning for the “neighborhood”

Neighborhoods We learn from The Dartmouth of March 21 that the Board of Trustees wants to change the housing system to focus on “neighborhoods” in order to increase continuity and so on. But there will be more to it than administrative changes, according to The Dartmouth of April 1: [Mike Wooten] said a full transition […]

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Google Maps; other topics

Google’s latest (July 2013) Street View of the SoWhee complex: interesting sky. 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 […]

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New surgical wing; other topics

The college recently unveiled a plaque announcing the Orozco Frescoes’ status as a National Historic Landmark (Dartmouth Now). No images yet. Dartmouth Engineer has a story on the new Center for Surgical Innovation. This addition to DHMC is one of the few parts of the complex not designed by SBRA (post). A Kendal news release […]

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The West Stands replacement, for real this time

Finally carrying out a project that was fully planned during 2008, the college has announced that it will demolish the concrete and steel terraced seating of Memorial Field’s West Stand immediately after the Brown game on November 15 (Big Green Alert Blog, Dartmouth Sports (via BGA)). The new design by Fleck & Lewis Architects appears […]

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Perdido and more

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 […]

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Triangle House project begins, other items

The Dartmouth reports that work has begun on the extensive renovation of the apartment house at 4 North Park Street, to be known as Triangle House. College Photographer Eli Burakian has posted some superb aerials of Baker and the Green. The latter image shows downtown Hanover and in the distance the hospital, the smokestack of […]

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From Kiewit to…

Correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but after Dartmouth demolished Kiewit, it gave Computing Services an office in Baker Library, outside the Tower Room: In 2011, however, the college apparently gave that space to the undergraduate deans and shunted Computing Services to the first floor of Berry. Now the deans have joined Computing […]

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