I shed tears reading Bill Hochman’s tribute to his books. How much we revere our books, and how incessant is the little knocking that tells us we must empty the shelves before someone does it for us. And no matter how close a friend or relative, they will not know the symbiotic connections represented by those myriad volumes. Thank you, Bill Hochman, for reconnecting me to that halcyon era of Freedom and Authority, of Glenn Gray, of Neale Reinitz and Frank Krutzke, of Hanya Holm, and Paul Doktor in the summer of 1957. Just for a moment, it all came flooding back.
Ann Sebastian ’58
In the article on page 14 of the (August) Bulletin, “New East Campus Housing Underway,” the author refers to the housing as “cottages, small houses, and Brownstone-type apartments.” It is not clear what is meant by “brownstone-type apartments.”
Brownstones typically refer to buildings primarily in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia built in the early half of the 19th century. The buildings have facades clad in a brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone which was quarried in Connecticut and New Jersey. Originally single-family houses with a distinct, sometimes ornate architecture, the buildings feature high ceilings, pre-war detail, somewhat open floor plans, and gardens. Today many have been converted into multiple family dwellings with each floor making up one apartment.
In the presentation given by Jill Tiefenthaler to the Alumni Board last April and in the picture in the article, I did/do not see any of the features of a typical brownstone in the renderings. While the term brownstone is often used to refer to buildings across the country which are brown in color,
I do not think that applies here.
While it may seem a small error in the article, I believe it is always a good idea to use terms and words correctly in publication.
Jesse Sokolow ’72, AAB Member
CORRECTION: A caption on the inside cover of the August issue of the Bulletin was incorrect. The student in the photo is Peter Wailes ’16, pitching King of the Sea at The Big Idea competition. We regret the error.
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