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Stairway to 1911

To paraphrase Led Zeppelin, there are three paths you can go by near the historic 1911 Building.

With the addition of a new set of stairs this month, you’ll be able to walk straight from the building to the Court of North Carolina, or burn five extra calories by choosing one of the existing stairways on either side.

The steps frame the view of the 1911 Building from the viewpoint of Leazar Hall.

Construction of outdoor classroom near 1911 Building

A new outdoor classroom near the 1911 Building will seat about 20 students.

Soon more students will be enjoying the vista. Near the stairs, a second outdoor classroom is being added for the surrounding buildings as part of the campus master plan.

The mini-amphitheater, designed with input from faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will seat a class of about 20. It supplements the outdoor classroom on the north side, near the center of the Court.

The final bricks for the three-month, $300,000 Facilities-funded project will be in place by June 15, weather permitting.

“The rain has really been a challenge to make sure we meet deadlines,” says Lynn Swank, landscape project manager with design and construction services.

Not to worry. According to the lyrics of the most famous stairway song, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.

Stairway to 1911

To paraphrase Led Zeppelin, there are three paths you can go by near the historic 1911 Building.

With the addition of a new set of stairs this month, you’ll be able to walk straight from the building to the Court of North Carolina, as well as veering right or left to the sidewalks.

The new steps frame the view of the 1911 Building from the viewpoint of Leazar Hall.

Soon more students will be enjoying the vista. Near the stairs, a second outdoor classroom is being added for the surrounding buildings. The mini-amphitheater, designed with input from faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will seat a class of about 20. It supplements the outdoor classroom on the north side, near the center of the Court.

The final bricks will be in place by June 15, weather permitting.

“The rain has really been a challenge to make sure we meet deadlines,” says Lynn Swank, landscape project manager with Facilities.

Not to worry. According to the song, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.

4 responses on “Stairway to 1911

  1. Rick Kearney says:

    I am curious: which CHASS faculty were consulted? Many of us feel that the project is expensive and unnecessary and that it defaces the prettiest green space left on main campus with bricks, which are certainly not endangered at NC State.

  2. Mark Ransom says:

    I would say that there was certainly a significant and unsightly increase in bricks resulting from the prior work related to accessibility for that section of the Court of North Carolina.

    Although an imaginative solution to the challenge of making that area accessible, it was not very attractive as greenspace.

    The addition of a goodly number of trees and other landscaping as part of the current work represents a net gain in foliage and is a welcome visual improvement for that part of the court.

  3. ncsu99 says:

    I remember when we used to sled down the hill on sheets of cardboard when I was an undergrad (and there was snow). Though it’s a touch quicker to get from Withers to Winston now, I would agree that the loss of greenspace is a sad change.

    And what percentage of classes seat 20, exactly? I’m currently teaching one of 26 and another of 24. Not sure I’ve had or will have many that’d fit easily into the “classroom.” Maybe we could have started by cleaning the one closer to Tompkins? Or just brick it all in and make a skatepark.

  4. NCSU02 says:

    I was one of those people who got to sled down the hill and sleep on the grass on the nice days in the spring and fall. I hate that they’re taking away so much of that space. I’m sure the money could be spent better elsewhere.

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