Ground was symbolically broken for The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Building in Saturday, Oct. 29 ceremonies.
A construction road east of Houghton House led to the podium and a row of hardhats and gold-colored shovels adorned with ribbons. Three pieces of bright yellow earth-moving equipment stood nearby.
Ted Aub, chair of the Art Department, told the group that he and his colleagues in Houghton House had long referred to the site as the “field of dreams,” and said “If you build it, they will keep coming,” a reminder of the recent growth in the department.
Representing current students, Jessica Vaughn ’08, talked about spending many hours at Houghton House while growing up, and the “warm, vibrant community” she found there. Her mother, Kathryn, is visual resources librarian for the art department.
Elliott ’66 confessed to being very excited about the project, and thanked the many Hobart men who had inspired her to give so generously.
The 14,600-square-foot building, to be constructed off Kings Lane almost opposite the Sunken Gardens, will house classrooms, offices, studios for painting and photography, and printing, wood and metal shops.
Also speaking that afternoon were Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63 P’94, chair of the board of trustees; and President Mark D. Gearan, both of whom thanked Elliott for her generosity and vision. The project will also include renovations to other buildings at the Houghton House estate, including the Carriage House and the main building.
Elliott, a member of the Board of Trustees, donated $1.25 million toward the new building. It is the largest received by the Colleges from an alumna. An additional $2 million in pledges has been received toward the project. Dedication is scheduled for Trustees’ Weekend in late October 2006.