D&E Tour a Lesson in Architecture

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - The Kump Education Center STREAM mentoring program includes a local field trip with hands-on activities each year.

This spring we decided to take our North Elementary School students to Davis & Elkins College because AmeriCorps mentor Kylie Antoline is a 2016 graduate of D&E, where she majored in art education.

She particularly wanted students to see the art department and library.

When AmeriCorps Mentor Jeanne Johnson and I began talking about what students could do for an art activity on the college tour, we realized that D&E College is a wonderful place to see samples of great architecture.

Jeanne thought 9- and 10-year olds would have fun drawing the “castles,” and I thought they might discover beauty in several modern buildings on campus.

See the points of interest below that children can enjoy imaginatively as they learn about the history of architecture.

Travel in the Architecture of Time on the Davis & Elkins campus:

1890s Late Victorian Mansions (castles with towers and stained glass windows)

  • Graceland — dream of life in the Davis family summer home in the 1890s.
  • Halliehurst — imagine cleaning the Elkins family summer home in 1895. (This summer hear the fiddlers playing on the porch added in 1904.)
  • Gatehouse & The Icehouse — picture guarding the gate for the Elkins family.
  • 1920s Neoclassical Classroom Buildings (brick with Greek & Roman window details).
  • Liberal Arts Hall — the business office is where the old library was in1926.
  • Albert Hall — can you tell where lightning hit this building in 1956?
  • Colonade — take covered colonnade to humanities classrooms (1926).

1960-2010 Modern Structures (dynamic geometrical designs with large windows)

  • Robbins Memorial Chapel — notice laminated beams and West Virginia stained glass 1970s.
  • Booth Library– see open atrium and individual study carrels 1990s.
  • Madden Student Center — climb curved staircase in the glass tower 2004.

Notice a new, red building like the old gatehouse near the Lacrosse Field?