Well, I’m back all right, but I’m still disorganized so you get another slapdash post.
Here’s the Administration Building behind scaffolding on July 30, 1912, just a few months before school opened:
And here’s Lovett Hall at an unknown later date, again behind scaffolding:
I came in 1991 and I don’t remember this. I was not then, however, a professional noticer so I may have just missed it.
Bonus: I did not take this picture. I was too chicken to go up the last ladder, a decision that I now bitterly regret. Grungy took it.
Top of the RMC Campanile.
Is that one of my shots?
There’s almost certainly no way you climbed up those steps…
I didn’t see the caption before posting, and there’s no way to delete these things.
That campus map sign is there, and the “No Parking” graphics look relatively modern. I’m guessing right before you — late 80s? Probably a pre-economic summit spruce-up. Someone from FE&P or Keith Cooper will probably know.
That view has certainly changed since the ’70s. Back then there would have been an empty field between the RMC and the stadium. Empty except for the parking lot across from the RMC which I had a coveted staff sticker for.
I don’t remember that plank of wood being screwed to the wall; I wonder what it was for (or covered up).
Welcome back Melissa!
I would guess that the scaffolding is for “tuck pointing” the building — touching up the mortar. Rice went through a period in the late 80s / early 90s where we tuck-pointed a lot of the buildings on campus. I would defer to Hannes Hofer and Russell Price on this one.
There’s a PGO sticking out from the bottom of the roof hatch.
Could Chris have had a 5-line phone up there?
That plywood could have been there for mounting a wall phone.
(PGO – Pulsating Green Orb – 25-pair phone cable connector)
That is as good a theory as any Grungy. It looks to be about that old.
If that area is generally inaccessible but occasionally has to be accessed for maintenance, could there have been a safety phone installed there? We have a couple like that in ABP.