The structure in the “Who, what, when” photo in the summer Scope was built by my husband, Alex Eckmann, and four friends. All were architecture students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. In the spring of 1970 they were enrolled in John Cunningham’s 3D design class at Skidmore. The winter had been long and hard, and, more times than they would have liked, their student-quality cars had failed to get them from RPI to Skidmore in time for the 8 a.m. class. They felt a “big splash” of a final project was necessary if they had any hope of receiving a passing grade.
The night before the final class, they trundled up the Northway with all vehicles riding low, loaded down with the weight of the “sticks” for their large dome structure. We began construction, near the Clark Street Studio on Skidmore’s downtown campus, after 1 a.m., when all on campus were bedded down, and we worked through the cold spring night right up until the class’s starting time. Students woke to find that the structure had magically appeared overnight.
Alex and his friends remember that night fondly—and yes, they did pass the course.
Leslie Whittle Eckmann ’73
As a history buff who fell in love with the old Toga Town when I arrived in 1945, I’ve watched its phoenix-like progress from the down times through its marvelous revival, so well described in “Tales of the City” (summer Scope).
My daughters treated me to a bed-and-breakfast weekend for my seventieth birthday (in the old Furness House—wow!) and they were overwhelmed with Saratoga today. The city’s ambience, so full of historic gems, must be a plus in the college decision-making process for high school seniors. (Do Skidmore’s tour guides tout it enough?… asks the former prep-school college-guidance director!)
After showing Scope to friends and family, I’ll tuck it in with Professor Jim Kettlewell’s grand book on Saratoga.
Betsy Bell Condron ’49