Icing on the cake

Finished at last — both the visionary long-term Stetson-Sawyer project of Williams College, and this personal online account of its history and progress.

Without an aerial view, this is as close as I could come to the angle in the architects’ conception in the header of this blog, to show the final realization of the whole project.

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I’m back to complete the story with the icing on the cake, the landscaping of the library quad:img_3715

For the backstory of the library quad project, I refer you to two essays by current students, found here and here.  Of particular note is the project page of landscape architects Stephen Stimson Associates.  Here is a time-lapse video of the quad’s construction.  My own essay is primarily pictorial, the record of a pleasant early October afternoon.

We start with reverse-angle views, from the balcony of Paresky Student Center and back from the arcade of Stetson Hall, which place the quad into the Purple Valley landscape that it opens up.

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Here we enter into the new landscape of massive tumbled blocks of erratic marble – from the world’s largest underground quarry in Danby, Vermont – with Chapin Hall and Bernhard Music Center in the background:

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To continue the visual tour, click through:

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New library links

As the latest of Eph’s Libraries enters its final phase of construction, for opening in September, the College has posted on YouTube an informative and entertaining illustrated lecture on the the history of libraries at Williams by Professor Michael J. Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History.  Meanwhile, many plans, photos, and video can be found at the New Sawyer library website.