November 05, 2003
Gothic buildings I've lived in
One of the factors to consider when deciding whether to attend this school or that school is, "will I get to live in a Gothic building?"
Living in such buildings is cool. And you don't even have to be interested in vampires.
I've been lucky. The first Gothic building I was fortunate enough to live in was Hitchcock Hall at the University of Chicago:
(Thanks to UChicago student Jesse Friedman for the picture...)
After that, I got to live in Burton-Judson for a while. This was, unsurprisingly, also at the University of Chicago:
After an inconveniently long period of not living in a Gothic building, I moved into my third Gothic building: the lawyer's club at the University of Michigan Law School:
I'm sure I'm a better person because I've been able to live in Gothic buildings. It's so tragic that we don't build more of them. I don't know if it's cost, underappreciation of the architecture, or just because people are dumb, but I say: everyone deserves to live in a Gothic building at least once in their lives.
It enhances your humanity.
Posted by Carey at November 5, 2003 08:10 PM
I've suspected my inhumanity for a good long time now. Now I understand the reasons for it.
BTW, the "who links to you" site I mentioned the other day is : www.technorati.com
"It's so tragic that we don't build more of them. I don't know if it's cost, underappreciation of the architecture, or just because people are dumb..."
It's obviously the neoconservative driven, media backed, unreasonable fear of vampires and other creatures of the night (neoconservatives and lawyers for instance) that so many Americans suffer from these days.
I used to think all those imitations of the One True Oxford were ridiculous.
But then, in Princeton, I started to pity the poor undergrads who did not have the chance to be in Rockefeller or the other pseudo-Gothic colleges. As President Wilson said (apocryphally) : You cannot have a real university without a cheap imitation of the Bodleian, it is a Universally Acknowledged Truth.
I put 70s-style concrete-using architects below neo-conservative, lawyer, and vampire on my moral scale of the world. There's evil, there's evil, and there's just plain ugly.