Save Sage Hall Steps!

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The proposed renovation of the Science Center’s L-Wing threatens to dismantle historical characteristics of the Sage Hall structure, specifically Sage Hall stairway. We are writing as alumnae and architectural professionals to express our concern about the lack of transparency regarding the demolition and replacement of Sage building. We ask the College to share with the community more information about the extent of these changes (such as plans or renderings) and demand a chance for public comment and engagement. While many articles have been published promoting the benefits of the renovation, we have been unable to locate plans or drawings illustrating the extent of the planned demolition. The Focus area of the Science Center is a unique and dynamic architectural space precisely for the successful integration of the old Gothic elements of Sage Hall into the modern 1978 Perry, Dean, Stahl, and Rogers building. The Boston Society of Architects awarded the building the Harleston Parker medal as the best building of the decade in Boston. Boston Globe critic Robert Campbell call the atrium “surely one of the wittiest, most dramatic, most exciting interiors in New England.”

We understand the importance of renovating the Science Center to provide Wellesley students with world-class facilities that reflect competitive learning environments. However, these changes that threatens the loss of history and the attitude with which these important decisions were taken without communicating to the public the anticipated loss does not live up to the spirit of Wellesley College. We ask the President of Wellesley College and Board of Trustees to reconsider its decision to dismantle the structure until it has shared with the larger community the full extent of the demolition plan.

Please find below the article written by Professor Peter Fergusson to the Editor of the Wellesley Townsman:


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