Keeping up appearances

Between the time when students leave in May and return again in August, campus buzzes with activity, particularly in Buildings and Grounds. Mothers who have picked up mounds of dirty laundry, winced at the sound of slamming doors, and "gently reminded" boys to keep their feet off the furniture can undoubtedly identify with how much work goes into cleaning and repairing Hampden-Sydney after more than 1,000 students leave for the summer.

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Bagby Hall gets a fresh coat of paint during the summer.
Probably the most obvious renovation project on campus is the addition to the front of the Atkinson Museum. Designed to blend with the existing building and increase its "presence" along College Road, the extension serves several useful functions-most importantly, it is an airlock to prevent harmful temperature and humidity variations from affecting the Museum's collections, and it will also be a vestibule for receiving and orienting visitors. The new porch protects visitors from the elements as they enter the door, while the reconfigured sidewalk now offers barrier-free access to the Museum. The existing memorial bricks, rescued from the old sidewalk, will be reset in a picturesque basket­weave pattern.

Ironically, the really big projects around campus this summer are less visible than the Museum addition, because they involve routine maintenance, making things look the way they are supposed to look rather than calling attention to themselves.

Anything built in 1922 needs regular attention and Bagby Hall is no exception. The home to modern languages, mathematics, psychology, computer science, and a cluster of student services offices, Bagby looks shiny and new with a fresh coat of paint.
Bagby's new coat of paint is only one of many sprucing-up projects around campus. Morton Hall, Venable Hall, Johns Auditorium, Eggleston Hall, Winston Hall, Maples, and Penshurst also got new paint jobs.

In student housing spaces alone, painters also went through 516 gallons of Antique White paint. Workers used 500 gallons of wax refinishing floors, mowed 250 acres of lawns and athletic fields each week, and repaired furniture, windows, locks, lights, signs, and walls. They did all of this while 2,200 kids roamed the campus during 14 summer camps.

Young men can cause a lot of damage just by regular use-certainly nothing un-gentlemanly-in buildings as old as ours. Our Buildings and Grounds staff works hard to keep this campus from showing its age. And gifts to the Annual Fund are the source of the funds to pay for it all. So the next time you visit campus or enjoy a photo in this magazine, remember just how much work-and money-goes into keeping this place beautiful.