Building and Renovation Project 2000-2001

August 21, 2000August 21, 2000September 15, 2000September 15, 2000October 3, 2000October 3, 2000October 19, 2000October 19, 2000

 

 

 

 

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February 28, 2001: This composite shot was taken from the fifth floor of the J.W. Wilson Laboratory building.February 28, 2001: This composite shot was taken from the fifth floor of the J.W. Wilson Laboratory building.

The Topping-Off Ceremony...

...for the new English Department and Creative Writing buildings was held on March 16, 2001.
In addition to the individuals pictured below, Interim President Sheila Blumstein made remarks. 
All present were invited to sign the beam, which was then lifted into place.

Nancy Armstrong, Chair of the English Department.  Chris Ladds of LernerNancy Armstrong, Chair of the English Department. Chris Ladds of LernerC.D. Wright, Director of the Creative Writing Program, read from "My House New-Painted" by William Bronk (see excerpt below).C.D. Wright, Director of the Creative Writing Program, read from "My House New-Painted" by William Bronk (see excerpt below).Stephen Foley, Associate Professor of EnglishStephen Foley, Associate Professor of EnglishThe beam was signed by members and friends of the English Department as well as the Dimeo construction crew.The beam was signed by members and friends of the English Department as well as the Dimeo construction crew.







The construction crew hoisted the beam into place...The construction crew hoisted the beam into place...... and secured it ...... and secured it ...... amidst cheering and applause.... amidst cheering and applause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from "My House New-Painted"

...We hold houses in a kind of contempt and give 
them nothing, or say we do, as a way to despise 
the kinds of things that houses are, all 
such kinds of things, the measured entitites,
that they should not be what was intended: they fail. 
They burn. They fade and sag. They fall away. 
We think of a time before we housed the world 
or gathered things--spirits were all we saw, 
spirit was real, was what there was, was all.
This was man did this, and thought to do well 
when he turned away to say, on the contrary, all
the world was what we measured: houses, sums 
and angles, vectors and smoothable curves. We turn,
and turn again another way to find 
some way to state the world, dissatisfied
none answers.

Still, I am pleased that my 
particular house, not any way notable even, 
has stood a hundred years and more, and firmed 
by its shiny paint, should show the metaphor
of a material world, though it is plainly that 
and nothing more--as spirit was nothing more-- 
could have such power now, summon it 
as though from an actual world it meant to claim. 
There is a world. This house can say there is.

from The World, The Wordless
William Bronk, 1918-1999


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