Originally it was the faculty chamber, of course, and it was quite beautiful. This picture was taken in 1941 at the 25th Reunion of the first graduating class.
I’m not sure when they did away with this configuration, which was designed for a relatively small faculty and isn’t very flexible. Here are a couple of (sadly very dark) pictures of the renovation that was done in 1970. They are much clearer if you click on them to enlarge. The decor was a bit unusual.
At some point it returned to looking like something we’d all recognize as a board room, and it was revamped again in the run up to the Economic Summit in 1991. This summer it’s getting a much needed freshening up. These guys are finishing up the clean out by wrapping the portraits of the early board members for storage.
The floors will get some badly needed attention! I took these pictures earlier int he summer, so it might even be finished by now. I’ll check next week.
Bonus picture: This one is really old.