Crookshank Hall joins the list of venerable
Pomona buildings to get a new lease on life.
The New Face of Crookshank
Kindra Wilson ’08 flashes to
Beauty and the Beast every time her class
(Shakespeare and Stoppard: A Marriage of True Minds) meets in English
Professor Martha Andresen’s corner office at Crookshank Hall. The
floor-to-ceiling wooden bookshelves with the rolling ladder remind her
of the Beast’s breathtaking library in the movie.
“Sometimes I just want to jump on the ladder,” said Wilson, still in awe
of the architecture and furnishings of the classrooms at Pomona. “I’ve
never seen academic buildings like this before.”
The renovated Crookshank, which houses the English and Classics
departments, is indeed a marvel. Every office has at least one full wall
of wooden bookshelves—all floor to ceiling with the rolling ladders—and
the most square footage of any faculty offices on campus. The expanded
English library welcomes visitors to browse through its collection of
1,500 books. The Mulhauser Seminar Room on the second floor has a
12-foot round table that fills the room, perfect for classroom
discussions. The Ena Thompson Reading Room on the first floor welcomes
visitors with couch seating and temporary exhibitions from the permanent
collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art.
“We basically kept the structure of the building and put in new
furnishings and finishings,” said Jim Hansen, director of Campus
Planning and Maintenance, of the summer 2004 renovation, part of the
long-range campus renovation plan approved by trustees in 1999.
The plan allows for the renovation and preservation of one academic
building and one dormitory each year, of the 60 buildings on campus.
Crookshank, one of the oldest buildings on campus, was built in the
“We quickly found that the coziness of the space here enhances the
discussion,” said Andresen, who for the first time in her 32 years at
Pomona gave her students the option of meeting in her office rather than
the classroom. “They built in more elegance and made it more functional,
while keeping the integrity of the building and fostering the sense of
relationship between students and faculty.”