VIDEO: Rutgers Camden Finishes Renovations for Historical BuildingPosted:
CAMDEN - Rutgers University in Camden has completed renovating a historical building to be used for graduate and undergraduate English programs.
In 2001, members of the University wanted to create a designated space for the Master of Fine Arts and English department students. Now that the renovation of the college’s new Writer’s House is complete, University officials say this piece of history has finally been brought back to life.
“It had suffered a lot of weathering over the last ten, 15 years," said Arnold Vicidomini, Senior Project Manager, Project Services. "What we did, is we took the facade of the building, in front of the building, and restored it back to its original condition. The inside of the building was in pretty bad shape. All of the woodwork is back to its original condition, there’s probably about seven or eight fireplaces that have all been restored. So the inside of the building pretty much looks like it did when Dr. Taylor owned it.”
Built in 1855, and originally owned by Dr. Henry Genet Taylor, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Today, students, faculty, and Camden residents can explore the conference rooms and writing spaces, and see for themselves original pieces of the building.
“We believe strongly in the importance of writing and particularly good writing," Kris Lindenmeyer, Dean of Faculty, Arts and Science of Rutgers Camden. "We know that the house will serve as a community center as well, to bring people on to campus and give them the experience of working with authors and writers and poets.”
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