6/10/2020 Staff

Hidden F&M: Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center

This magazine article is part of Spring/Summer 2020 / Issue 95

Photos by Deb Grove/F&M Staff Photographer 

  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center
  • Winter Visual Arts Center

The Franklin & Marshall campus is eerily quiet on a recent spring morning. In a normal year, Hartman Green would be bustling with activity, students would shuffle in and out of Shadek-Fackenthal Library and the line at Blue Line Café would be a dozen deep.

But on this morning, during the COVID-19 pandemic, chirping birds provide the soundtrack of campus. Academic life has shifted online, and most College employees must work from home. What will the future look like when we begin the new normal?

On the southern end of campus, the future of the visual arts has come into view. Over the past two years, the College’s new Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center has risen like a kite into the tree canopy adjacent to Buchanan Park. From the south, the building frames a new gateway to the campus along the path leading to Old Main. Funded by a lead gift of $10 million from Trustee Benjamin Winter ’67 and his wife, Susan, the building was designed by the renowned architect Steven Holl.

Franklin & Marshall photographer Deb Grove has visited the site regularly over the past two years, chronicling the construction of the building from the setting of its foundation to its near-completion. Her photos provide a preview of what the F&M and Lancaster communities will witness when the building’s doors open this fall, offering a stunning new center for the visual arts on campus.

 

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