Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Watson Fine Arts Building

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Institution Name: Elmira College
Original/Historic Place Name: Watson Fine Arts Building
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1958original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick; steel
Roof: none specified
1958-present (2007)theater (blackbox theater and theater shop)
1958-present (2007)classrooms (including language laboratory, radio station, and an art studio)
1958-present (2007)academic department building (music; includes classroom and rehearsal space)

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

A significant feature of this building is the sculpted paneling on the entrance. Crafted by the sculptor John Alexander (1905-1981), the panels depict six arts: painting, music, sculpture, literature, dance, and poetry. The building is in good condition.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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