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.
Not quite Leighton’s “Athlete Wrestling With a Python,” but it’s close: Workers use steel hooks and skid plates to maneuver the concrete delivery hose while spreading the floor in the west wing of Alumni Hall.
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
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.