Specifically, two questions about the front of Hamman Hall. First, have a look at this image taken not long after the building was completed. The long walls off the sides aren’t there anymore. I was out there today and looked closely and no trace remains.
What I’d like to know is: when did they go away? I’m also curious about why they went away but I suspect that will be harder to answer.
Here’s another view, this one even earlier, which is enlivened by a nice peek at the west end of the Engineering Annex off to the right:
What I’m interested in here is the wide forecourt and its treatment in the 1983 Cesar Pelli Master Plan. Pelli contemplates its use for concerts and I’m wondering if that really ever happened. He also discusses placing the David Parson’s sculpture that we talked about here and here. I know the statue was there for a while but not which placement was used.
As always, any help is greatly appreciated. (And speaking of help, I thank Christan Hauser for helping me with these scans today! He’s a champ.)
Bonus: This is where I cross.