College officials see great opportunities by renovating Fayerweather

Marietta College President Jean Scott says alumni have asked her since the day she arrived on campus what the College was going to do about Fayerweather Hall.

Now she can give them an answer.

During an official groundbreaking ceremony on a cool Thursday (Dec. 16) morning, Scott told a small group that the College is spending $4 million to renovate the dormitory.

“The renovation of Fayerweather Hall will provide students outstanding living space and will make it possible for Marietta College to accommodate its growing student body,” Scott said. “From my first year at Marietta College, I have hoped that we would have a need for the renovation of this lovely old building, and alumni have shared that hope. Now we are in a position to realize that hope, and I look forward to seeing this project take shape.”

Renovations to the roof began earlier in the fall and are almost complete. Now Phase II of the renovation — which is being done by Silverheels, Inc., of Marietta — is ready to begin on the interior of the nearly 100-year-old building.

Shremshock Architects, Inc., of Columbus, is designing the entire project.

With back-to-back freshman classes that exceeded 450 students, the College decided it needed more beds, as the trend of large freshmen classes appears to be continuing. Fayerweather, which is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2005, will house 50-55 students.

“This is a great opportunity for us to offer single rooms to our upperclassmen,” said Dr. Lon Vickers, Dean of Student Life. “I have been championing the cause to renovate Fayerweather Hall and I am looking forward to it opening in the fall.”

Fayerweather Hall was erected for $34,000 in 1906 in memory of Daniel B. Fayerweather, a generous benefactor of MC. The red brick building used to provide accommodations for 50 students and a head resident, but it hasn’t been used as a residence hall for more than 15 years. It has also been home to Campus Public Safety, Sports Medicine, Health Center and College Relations.

The second phase of construction includes the addition of stair towers on each end of the building, an elevator for handicap access, air conditioning and power distribution systems between the Geology Annex and Fayerweather. There will also be interior renovations and a new walkway from Brown Petroleum Building to the Fayerweather parking lot.