Friday, September 21, 2012

Mind the Gap

I made the serendipitous discovery while walking in front of the gym the other day that Harkness Tower can be seen over the pathway between Morse and Stiles Colleges, if only for a few seconds, as one travels along Tower Parkway.

The juxtaposition of the 1930s Gothic revival Harkness Tower by architect James Gamble Rogers with Eero Saarinen's 1960s Modern residential colleges is just the kind of playful architectural "eye-candy" that continues to amaze me as I discover more of my favorite little moments on campus.

The sunlight late this afternoon bathed the yellowish stone of the campus in a golden glow. It was so lovely that while biking home from work today I stopped to take a panorama of the Morse and Stiles crescent. This golden glow of Yale is one of the things I vividly remember from my first visit to campus on 2002.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Campus Views

I have really enjoyed getting to know Yale's campus a bit better in the last few months since starting my job as Senior Planner.  In addition to the exceptional people I have the opportunity to work with daily, my job affords me access to some pretty cool places.

Here are some highlights from the past few months:

Looking southwest from the seventh floor of Whitney Grove Square over Timothy Dwight College toward the New Haven Green.  (Alas, the Dementors did not show.)

A view of Yale from the 14th floor of he Eli building downtown.  Sterling Memorial Library is on the left, the Hall of Graduate Studies tower in the center, and the shrouded Payne Whitney Gymnasium tower on the right.

Beinecke Library and Plaza, with Commons to the right.

From the roof of Payne Whitney Gym looking east over Morse and Stiles Colleges, with the Hall of Graduate Studies tower in between.

A beautiful late-summer day in the Silliman courtyard.

The interior of the Berkeley dining hall.

The reading room at the Divinity School Library.

A panoramic view of the Yale Bowl.  (I am pretty sure this was only the third time in my life I have ever been inside a football stadium.)

Take me out to the ballgame?  A view of Yale Field.