January 05, 2011
Youth and The Searcher
Did you ever wonder about some of the figures that appear on campus buildings? Do these figures mean anything? Two such figures appear on the Smith Building and Tomlinson Hall.
When entering the Albert W. Smith Chemical Engineering Building, above the original 1939 entrance is a figure of youth. There is a brazier at his feet evolving into a flame supporting an evaporating dish. In his left hand is a test tube and in his right, a stirring rod. This building was originally built for the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering department at Case School of Applied Science.
Another even more asked about figure is the one above the main entrance to Tomlinson Hall. Some have called this figure a Viking, and campus myth has that it was there to counter the gargoyle on the tower of Amasa Stone Chapel. This figure is actually called “The Searcher.” The architect, Frank Rhinehart of Walker & Weeks Architects, stated, “In modelling this figure, we have endeavored to tell a story of ‘The Searcher’ ever searching for new things in the world and in science that make for a better world in which all society may live and prosper.”
Posted by hxy2 at January 5, 2011 01:57 PM
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Enjoyed reading this entry. REALLY enjoyed using the link to see more about the Smith Chem Engr Building and reading the cost was $.40 a cubic foot. Sure looks like a reasonable figure now. Perhaps all my bills will look equally like a bargain in the future?
Posted by: Sharon Schmitt at January 17, 2011 04:52 PM