Sometime in the last week or so someone made reference in the comments to the fact that Allen Center used to be only three stories tall. This is true, of course, and I bet I have readers who didn’t know it. So, since I just happen to have some good pictures of it, let’s take a quick look at the original construction of Allen Center. The images, I happen to know, were captured in October 1966 by a library staff member named R.A. Wright who walked over there and took them with his own camera.
This first one is just about the last time we’d ever have a clear view of this side of Cohen House:
I am a big believer in following instructions that have been left by the people who came before me in the library. They pretty reliably give sound advice. Therefore, next week we will do exactly as instructed on the file folder where I found these pictures and “See Also: Allen Center photo album containing pictures of the Open House Nov. 11, 1967.” There are a couple of interesting surprises in there.
Bonus: I saw so many strange things today that I hardly know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with this. Has it always been here?? Did I just miss it somehow?