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Christo Is Not in Town
The artist Christo (and his partner, Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009) visited the College back in my day, but he is not responsible for what appears to be the wrapping of Baker Tower — completed this week:
The Tower has not been renovated since its construction in 1928. According to an FO&M press release, work on the $4 million project should be ongoing into October:
- Replacement of the copper roofing, flashing and ornamental metal;
- Expanded, energy-efficient LED lighting to highlight the architecture of the clock and tower;
- Fabrication of the clock’s hands and numbers back to their original 1928 design;
- Installation of a digital control system to support the Baker Tower clock and bells;
- Construction of an exact replica of the Tower’s weathervane, using original drawings found in Rauner Special Collections Library;
- Replacement of flooring within the Tower Room, electrical upgrades to support future lighting needs, and installation of USB ports in all electrical outlets.
Three years ago when the College did an assessment of the structure, it chose an intelligent, low-tech way to get the job done. Rather than paying $75,000 to rent a large, unsightly crane, Robert Fulmer, a building consultant at Maine-based Fulmer Associates, clambered all over the Tower using climbing equipment. Bravo.
Addendum: We’ve noted in the past the use of illustrative scaffolding covers in major renovations in France.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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