It’s safe to say that this particular photograph has crossed my line of vision dozens of times. Yesterday was the day I finally saw it. See it?
It’s the dorms from Main Street, undated but the hedges look big enough for it to be the ’20s. But it’s the campanile that I’d been missing–it’s in scaffolding all the way up.
I have a pretty good guess why that might be. Here’s an explanatory snippet from J.T. McCants:
McCants doesn’t say precisely what year this happened, but it should be easy enough to dig that up. (Too busy today).
As to the aesthetic question, here’s the original:
And here’s what it looked like after it was redone:
I generally like to have an opinion about these matters but in all honesty I don’t think it really makes much difference.