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Recent Post-Modernist Additions

Haas at Dusk. Unidentified Photographer. Photograph. 20.2 x 25.4 cm. 1990s.The Haas Athletic Center, built in 1991, demonstrates how the Post-Modern architectural style pervades all areas of campus life. The striking exterior of the building indicates that its designers focused on aesthetics as well as function. The grand entrance and large central lobby create a welcoming space for athletes and fans to mingle between the Beard Field House, Emerson Gymnasium and Balfour Natatorium, all of which are contained inside Haas’s walls. The facility also houses the offices of varsity coaches and sports-related administrative staff. Downstairs, the locker rooms and athletic training facilities are situated inside the field house. The rear entrance of Haas opens to a path leading to Mirrione Stadium and Keefe Field, the home fields for Wheaton’s soccer and lacrosse teams.

-Jessie Landau, Class of 2009

Gebbie Hall. Unidentified Photographer. Photograph. 21.5 x 27 cm. ca. 2001.Constructed in 2001, Gebbie Hall, one of Wheaton’s newest residential buildings, reflects a return to domestic vernacular architecture. Built with a $1.2 million grant from the Gebbie Foundation of Jamestown, N.Y, the hall provides an opportunity for 50 students to live in three- to six-person themed suites, which share the responsibility for maintaining a living-learning community. The theme of each suite changes from year to year and can include topics such as Sustainable Living or Women’s Health. The goal of the community, however, remains the same: to connect interdisciplinary academic knowledge with learning outside of the classroom.

-Maria Escudero, Class of 2010

Campus Model. Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. Architectural Model. 61 x 76.5 cm. 2001.The 2001 campus model portrays nearly all of the Modern buildings on Wheaton’s campus. Take notice of the Modernist and Post-Modernist additions that have been made to traditional buildings, such as the Jackson Wing of the library, SAB’s concealment within Balfour-Hood Center, Chase Square, and, most recently, the addition of the Mars studio building to Meneely Hall. One may also observe other International Style buildings, such as Watson and the residence halls of Lower Campus. The only Modernist buildings not included in the model are the Science Center and Clark Recreational Center.

-Shannon Ryan, Class of 2010

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