I was deeply saddened when the Smith Family Living Center was demolished several years ago: the mosaic covered exterior columns, the terrazzo floors, the low step down lounge with its clean-lined couches on elegant legs. Yeah, it was a funny building, but it was gorgeous. I wish there was a way to retrofit these buildings to serve the needs of campus instead of a policy of raze-as-we-go. Is the new building with its underground parking and roman arches interesting? Sure. Although I think the exterior of the building is kind of hack-ish, the interior spaces are somewhat redeeming. However, the new building will never equal the elegance of the SFLC.
So this morning, as a dedication to the grinding wheel of progress, I present these pictures of the Alumni House, taken hours before the dust started to rise:
Note the two story entrace, including the windows that perfectly reflect Rock Canyon.
The South facing reception area with a courtyard. Beautiful cantilevered roofline.
I love the grid pattern of the windows, so early 60s.
I love that this photo shows how you could see through the building, from one side to the other. It gives the person inside the building the feeling of being a part of nature, but still protected from the elements. It really was a graceful building. Do any of you remember going to wedding receptions at the Alumni House? I remember the nut cups.
This picture was taken from the demolition cam. As you can see, the reception area with its cantilevered roof is the only portion still standing. As of 9:30 this morning the remainder of the building had already been demolished.
Here is the architectural rendering of the new Alumni House:
BLECH. Could it be anymore boring? No, Chandler, it probably couldn't.
Well, at least it doesn't look like this abomination found on 9th East these days. Mr. Carson would be so unhappy.
Not to get too off-topic, but whose stupid idea was this building? What is this? L.A. circa 1987? Who approved this mess? I have some choice words I'd like to exchange with that moron.
Nothing but rubble.