Restoration and renovations have preserved some of the most memorable spaces on campus
by John Bach
While the last two decades have seen more new construction at UC than perhaps any other college campus in the country, the university also has taken steps to renovate and restore some of its more historic, as well as practical, spaces.
Van Wormer Hall
Step into Van Wormer Hall and the dramatic transformation of the oldest building on campus is immediately apparent. UC's only remaining 19th century building was topped with a gleaming glass dome (at right) in 2006. Van Wormer's original dome was taken down during a previous restoration in 1930.
Now used for administrative offices, the university's first library building saw a $10.7 million restoration that involved adding a fourth floor and cutting a large circular hole in the first floor to allow views of the skylight from the lower level. Craftsmen, led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, carefully preserved original marble stairwells, restored elaborate wall and ceiling ornamentation and added both an elevator and new stairwell. The entire exterior of the sandstone structure also was restored, including new granite steps leading to the main entrance.