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Eph the Builder

The Transcript provides a useful overview of the construction going on at Williams. The best line that I have heard on this was from a senior alum on the College’s efforts to get him to donate for a replacement to Sawyer Library.

I just wish that they wouldn’t ask me for so much money to replace a building that I helped pay for. Shouldn’t the buildings last longer than me?

Another senior correspondant to EphBlog, on noting the ill-suited size of the new theatre, said that it risked turning Williams into “Fordham on the Long Island Expressway.”

The article quotes Anna Siegal ’05 on several aspects of the construction. “I think Baxter is a huge loss, it’s a beautiful building,” Siegal said.

Whit Stoddard is spinning in his grave at that opinion, but still gald to know that Baxter’s days are numbered.

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#1 Comment By Eric On March 18, 2004 @ 11:10 am

Wow, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone describe Baxter at “beautiful”. The thing is made to look like a Mississippi Steamboat, which correct me if I’m wrong, has absolutely nothing to do with the Berkshire Mountains nor the heritage/history of Williams.
The thing was odd on the outside – and not in a fun/quirky way, but in a “the architect and planner were drinking heavily” sort of way.

Williams prides itself on not having a standardized look and feel for the buildings on campus (the art building was done by an architect that had previously only built in the southwest, so the design and positioning of the building is as if it were in the sun of the southwest – there are a bunch of oddities like that around campus) , so sure, bring in a steamboat – but don’t call the thing beautiful. Although to be fair, the worst part of it is the interior which as I understand it is in no way the original and has many times over been hacked at and modified into the way it is now.
It is hard to have a utilitarian design that doesn’t get ugly – but I still feel that it is more achievable than Baxter.

I would actually consider making the trip up to see Baxter torn down if they gave enough forewarning.
I would say the only building on campus I like less than Baxter would be that low lying cinderblock monstrosity next to Spencer – the name of which currently escapes me.