Building it up

Are there projects out there like the one you have planned as a team? Like your smaller individual piece of the team project? What do they do well, and what could be improved? How are you feeling about your project now?

  • I am currently reading up on various buildings erected in Hitchcock’s time as professor, president, and professor again. After reading through the relevant sections of President King’s The Consecrated Eminence¬†and getting a bit of background info on the 11 buildings constructed then. To be fair, King definitely has a narrative going on about the college having no money, the college having good relations with rich people all around, the college having people who know how to ask for money from those rich people, not enough money being transferred for those buildings, etc etc. “What a distasteful building,” says Hitchcock the Elder. “Did no architect glance over these plans before construction started?” (But of course, we can’t all have tasteful buildings. Then there would be no need to complain or pay any attention to them.)
  • Hitchcock had an absolute abhorrence for the North and South College architectural styles. “Colonial”, plain, and utterly boring compared to the potential grandioseness that could be a New England college campus, they are a complete disappointment. Apparently the buildings were not only ¬†dorms, but also lectures rooms, literary society rooms, attics, sermon areas, etc. Those buildings were meant to be functional, and they fulfilled their roles.
  • This quote on JChap is rather apt: “It was unfortunate that the plan of the building did not pass under the eye of some competent and responsible architect.” Burn.
  • Another interesting fact that came up recently: Other New England colleges tore down and rebuilt their college rows a rather long time ago. For us, the ~worst buildings~ are the most iconic ones. Simply going on the Amherst webpage shows that College Row remains the most iconic and notable part of campus.
  • https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2015/05-2015/node/608111
  • Look at this. Half the pics are of Johnson Chapel. Hyperbolically.
  • Anyways, after all of these readings, I realized out of the initial list of the 11 buildings constructed during Edward’s time at Amherst, not all of them he had direct input in creating. After reading more about the various groups of faculty and donors who decided on the various structures, I realized only a few of them really mattered in the context of Hitchcock
  • The Octagon [known as the Woods Cabinet at first]
  • The Octagon now
    The Woods Cabinet then

     

  • The Appleton Cabinet [now Appleton Dorm]
  • Appleton Cabinet then
  • Appleton now

     

  • The President’s House
  • President’s House then

    President’s House now
  • AAAAND FINALLY
  • Morgan Hall [previously Morgan Library, complete with the Observatory]
  • Morgan Library then
    Morgan Hall now

     

  • DONE! THIS IS WHAT I SHALL BE OBSERVING. LOOKING AT.

IN TERMS OF OTHER PROJECTS SIMILAR TO THIS:

Nothing really comes to mind. I have found a couple projects that show architectural history, but in their own way, not in a way that I want to.

Some examples:

http://rebeccawardarchitect.wix.com/home#!about

http://ivangaetz.wix.com/tutt-library-images

http://www.buildinghistory.org/

BUT ALAS none of them really show what I want to create. I have yet to decide what I want to create. It would feel quite a lot like Pottermore though.

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