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
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.
Above, a worker tightens a nut on a bolt through one of the steel plates installed to reinforce wooden beams just below the roof. Below, after drilling, a worker on the other side of the beam clears sawdust from the hole.
In addition to buttresses supporting the outside walls, a series of temporary trusses (above) are installed through the building, to support the heavy beams and slate roof during the repair work. Below, a view of the slate roof replacement, a major project undertaken in the 1980s.