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.
The Town budget includes funding for construction of walk/bike path along Lyme Road to the Reservoir Road roundabout. The paved path will be separated from the road by a tree lawn (The Dartmouth).
Tri-Kap appears finally to be tackling its Fuller Audit improvements, planning to erect an addition designed by Domus Custom Builders (Zoning Board minutes 22 January 2015 pdf).
Earlier this year, the Hood Quarterly reported that work on the museum's addition and renovation would begin during the Spring of 2016.[1. "Anonymous $10 Million Gift Will Transform Teaching at the Hood Museum of Art," Hood Museum of Art Quarterly (Winter 2015), 10, available at http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/docs/2015webreadyquarterly.pdf.] The college trustees met last week and approved a capital budget that includes $8.5 million "for completion of design and preconstruction activities for the Hood Museum of Art renewal and expansion project" (Dartmouth Now). The Hood project, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien, "is being coordinated with a Hopkins Center for the Arts planning study" by Boora Architects.
Also in the new capital budget (Dartmouth Now) are:
- Funds for the planning and design of a restoration project for Baker Tower.
- "$11.75 million for design and construction of facilities related to initial work on the configuration of new residential housing communities." That is likely work by Sasaki Associates, with the funding presumably going to build something less than the total number of dining-hall additions, faculty houses, or other "neighborhood" improvements the firm is proposing.
- "$100,000 for planning and conceptual design for the Ledyard Canoe Club replacement project." The growth of mold in the clubhouse has sealed its fate; the designer of the replacement has not been named.
- "$200,000 for schematic design for renovation of Moosilauke Ravine Lodge." After Maclay Architects studied the feasibility of preserving or replacing the Lodge, it was not known which route the board would take. Maclay even sketched a design for a possible replacement. Now it seems that the Lodge is going to be preserved.
The Planner's Blog mentions that there are more than 42 types of bollard on campus. Almost as impressive is the fact that all the bollards have been cataloged and are being evaluated in a critical way.
Dartmouth Now has a nice post on the Book Arts Workshop in Baker.[2. Hannah Silverstein, "Book Arts Workshop: Hands-On Learning, Global Reach," Dartmouth Now (25 February 2015), at
The feasibility study for that future Mass Row renovation was conducted a couple of years ago by Lawson Bell Architects.
Miller Chevrolet Cadillac, down on Route 120 not far from Fort Harry's, has been sold, and its site is to be redeveloped:
Although Cicotte declined to identify the buyer, she said it wasn't a hotel developer, Dartmouth College, or Hanover developer Jay Campion. The Miller Chevrolet Cadillac property, which is accessed on Labombard Road, is adjacent to the New Hampshire National Guard Armory on Heater Road. The property is also next to a planned hotel and conference center under review by Lebanon planning authorities, and near a natural gas depot under development by Campion.
One possible buyer mentioned is Dartmouth Coach, which has a facility on nearby Etna Road.
(Valley News). If I'm not mistaken, Miller is the dealership that eventually acquired Rodgers' Garage, the REO/Packard/Chevrolet dealer on Lebanon Street where the VAC now stands.
That natural gas project is by Campion's Valley Green Natural Gas, which plans to transfer gas from tanker trucks on Route 120 and then send it by pipeline to Hanover, particularly to Dartmouth (Valley News 18 May 2014, 4 November 2014). Dartmouth will finish analyzing a possible fuel switch this fall (Valley 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 the Ledyard Clubhouse. The clubhouse, which used to house a few students, was vacated last fall following water intrusion and mold buildup. Hogarty said the College will eliminate the residential component when Ledyard is rebuilt.
"Rebuilt" means "replaced," of course. This news has also been a long time coming. Students have been designing replacements for years -- the original 1930 building was designed by a student, in fact -- and the Milone & Macbroom Riverfront Master Plan showed a replacement building in the long term. It is worth mentioning that the Ledyard Monument is not in its original location and so probably needn't be kept where it is.
Interior of Ledyard looking north in 2005
Third, the focus of the article in The Dartmouth is the news that the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge feasibility study recommends demolishing and replacing the Lodge. Maclay Architects, which conducted the study, includes a drawing of the main (west) facade of a possible Ravine Lodge replacement:
Detail of Maclay drawing of west facade of new Ravine Lodge
The drawing shows a building that seems both grander and more rustic, or more self-consciously rustic, than the 1938 Lodge. It lacks the extremely broad gable of the old lodge, but it has a signature form of its own. Maclay has extensive timber-framing experience, and with big logs scarce these days, this lodge appears to be a timber-framed building clad in shingles.
The Board of Trustees could decide whether to demolish the old building in the spring.
Maybe this is a cynical view, but the framing of the story in The Dartmouth, with its quote from the college spokesman about the inevitability of mold, suggests that people are thinking about demolishing the Ledyard Canoe Club's historic clubhouse.
The Riverfront Master Plan (image) is a guide rather than a manifesto, but it shows the building as being replaced during the next 10 years.
The College Planner has made available long-term proposals of the Riverfront Master Plan (pdf) by Milone & MacBroom of Waterbury Vt.
The plan contains several intriguing ideas:
- New buildings behind and next to (north of) the Friends Boathouse.
- The expansion of the Fuller Boathouse and the rebuilding or removal of the singles shed next to Fuller.
- An addition to Ledyard Canoe Club (one hopes it is an addition: it could be a replacement) and the removal of the three boat sheds behind Ledyard.
- On Tuck Drive, a Sewer Pump House.
- The transformation of much of the current large parking lot into parkland.
- Jens Larson's house and studio on East Wheelock Street are for sale.
- The Dartmouth has an article on Shattuck Observatory.
- The Valley News reports that the New London, N.H. realtor Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty has opened an office in Hanover. It is on Lebanon Street, east of C&A's Pizza.
- A traffic study (pdf) raised the possibility of erecting a 663-car parking deck atop the Ledyard lot at the bottom of Tuck Drive. A shuttle bus would ferry employees from the lot up to campus. While a pine-screened parking garage alongside the river could be an interesting thing, Dartmouth seems wise to have avoided this scheme, and the consultants declined to recommend it.
- Too bad there's no tram to the Hospital. The idea of a little train through woods is neat, but it wouldn't save much time compared to the road, which is relatively direct; it is probably not worth the hassle. And on the other hand it could not run through the woods the whole way: it would have to go down Park Street and then along Lebanon Street.
- The great Reggie Watts (video) was photographed eating a sandwich at Amarna on East Wheelock.
- The computer store is moving to McNutt (The Dartmouth).
- The LSC got LEED's platinum certification. See also sustainability in The Dartmouth.
- The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter of Oxford occasionally receives coverage here. The old hospital north of the university is still visible in this excellent and somewhat outdated oblique aerial from Bing, with the eighteenth-century observatory owned by the newly-formed Green Templeton College prominent. Most of those buildings have been demolished, as this Google aerial shows:
And now some construction has begun, as this Bing aerial shows:
[Update 08.19.2012: Tram comment reworded.]
Alumna Emily Singer Yen has posted an impressive portfolio that includes a set of 2010 designs for what appears to be a large addition to the Ledyard Canoe Club.
This is not simply a student project: the designer "[c]ollaborated and interned with the selected architect to prepare schematic designs for preliminary State and Town permitting meetings[.]" Back in 2010 Ledyard was raising money for the addition, and in February of 2011 the "rebuild" was said to be going ahead.
The Dartmouth reports on the project, and the Planner has some closer photos. The D also had an article in July. (The Planner's Office now has not only a blog and website but also a domain name, dartmouthplanning.com.)
Although the dock project includes bank stabilization and plantings, it continues the trend of intensified development on the east bank of the river between the bridge and the canoe club. As recently as 1985, the docks were less noticeable, the bridge was smaller, lower, and much less prominent, and the assertive boathouse was nonexistent.
Instead of maintaining the fiction that this limited site is a part of nature, could it be developed heavily, with a broad granite pedestrian corniche? Let's promenade on the Ledyard Malecón.
The Rauner Library Blog has a nicely-illustrated set of posts on the first Freshman Trip in 1935, Trips during WWII, and Trips in the present. The program is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Robin Meyers created a time-lapse video of scenes at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, focusing on a feed and square dance (via Dartmouth College Planning).
Dartmouth will build a relatively elaborate ADA-compliant swimming dock and a kiosk upstream from the bridge (The Dartmouth).
The College Planner's blog has a post with a plan (pdf) and a detailed regulatory submission (pdf). This project is part of something bigger: a master plan for the riverfront (Planning post, post).
The Ledyard "rebuild" (The Dartmouth) is going ahead, notes an article on an elaborate swim dock to be built upstream of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse.
Ledyard Canoe Club is raising money to add to its clubhouse and boathouses, The Dartmouth reports.
Ledyard Canoe Club in 2005
Eugene F. Magenau of the Class of 1930 designed the building, which was built in 1930.
Titcomb Cabin, the one on Gilman Island, just below the bridge, burned to the ground on May 6. Titcomb was built in 1952 as a replacement for the Ledyard cabins up and down the river that were flooded when Wilder Dam raised the level of the river. Power company employees even helped build it.
A pair of views of interiors in the Ledyard Canoe Club: