Rest in pink
Moore Hall, "the Pink Palace," was recently demolished, closing a half-century chapter
in Skidmore history. From its opening in 1958 as student housing in the heart of the
downtown campus, until its closing in 2006, decades after the rest of the campus had
moved to its North Broadway location, Moore was beloved by many students and enjoyed
something of a cult following among alumni.
In front of the six-story, pink-stone housing unit, Moore included a dining hall with large glass walls looking onto Union Avenue. Though it was called "an architectural nightmare" by a former dean, Moore is remembered for late-night discussions, bathtubs and water fights, and rooftop hijinks about which one alum said, "I could not tell half the stories I'd like to without a really good lawyer present." Get more alumni stories in Scope here and on Facebook here, as well as in audio interviews here.
Moore went on the market in 2006 and sold in 2009, but the recession after 2008 kept its future in limbo. Now plans are under way for 26 row-house and other residential units, so the Pink Palace has been razed. Its huge cornerstone is slated for repatriation to Skidmore.