Following removal of all the original wooden floors, steel girders are installed in the east and west wings to support steel panels that will be topped with poured concrete.
With the original wood floor, stage and balcony now entirely removed, foundation work continues in the central section that once used as an auditorium, later a library, a theatre, and finally offices; in the background, new steel floor panels are visible in one of the wings.
If this view seems strange, it’s because the original floor has been removed and we’re standing in what used to be the basement, looking up at the front door.
With the original floor removed, we can look all the way from the basement to the rafters in the central section of Alumni Hall. This view shows the curved south wall of what used to be an auditorium and theatre. On the other side of the wall is Seymour Union.
Things are looking down — and up — at Alumni Hall. Removal of all the plaster ceiling, and a photographer willing to crawl through the incredibly dusty rafters, allows a view down into the central auditorium.
A worker from general contractor PJ Hoerr checks drawings during the installation of temporary steel scaffolding, visible in the background in the central section of Alumni Hall. A low-res composite panorama of this area is available on photosynth.net
Steel scaffolding, anchored in the basement floor, breaks through the (yet to be removed) first floor in the central section of Alumni Hall.
Removal of the original plaster ceiling in the central auditorium enables this almost surreal view that combines wood and brick from 1890, when Alumni Hall was built, with modern structural steel beams and scaffolding, erected during the year-long renovation project.
The student literary society that once occupied this east wing of Alumni Hall, Gnothautii, reportedly chose a name based on ancient Greek words that mean, roughly, “know thyself.” It’s safe to say that you, the visitors to this blog, are the first to “know” this part of the building from top to bottom, basement to roof, following the removal of the old first and second floors in January 2014. New floors will be installed as part of the renovation.
A worker cuts out a water-damaged beam that will be replaced during the Alumni Hall renovation.