I’ve has this picture for quite some time and just couldn’t figure out what it was. I actually titled it “No Idea Construction” when I scanned it. No matter how I looked at it, I couldn’t get it to make sense.
Then, the answer to yesterday’s Bonus Question gave me an idea. Just as a reminder, here it is: Who knows where this is?
And Don Johnson’s correct answer is: I think I do. It is the ceiling skylight in one of the newer wings of Abercrombie. Newer being a relative term; the fill-in wings were constructed in the 80s, if I recall correctly.
I got confirmation this afternoon from an eminent authority that the top image is of filling in the space between two original wings, c1980. Here’s a look at the wings during construction in 1948:
And a 1983 view (if you zoom in you can see the scaffolding still up on Mudd Lab) of the top of the building from Bonner Lab:
Bonus: This was discovered yesterday inside the ceiling of an art department room in the first Sewall basement. It’s a piece of art, intricate and exquisitely constructed. Covered with dust, it had clearly been in the ceiling for quite a long time. If you have any idea who made it, where it came from or why it was in the ceiling I would love to hear from you.