This post is coming to you from Charlottesville, Virginia, where yours truly attended the wedding of a college roommate last night. This morning I toured the famed University of Virginia campus designed by Thomas Jefferson, including the circular rotunda building that occupies many a postcard, and the surrounding quad in its palette of red brick and white columns. Very impressive stuff, although it's so hot here (90 degrees in October) I could barely make it out from all the sweat pouring down my face.
Seeing such a classic campus like UVA got me thinking about Portland's major college campuses: Reed, Lewis & Clark, Portland State and Portland. I know none of them could match the grandness and history of the Cavaliers. But do any of you have any feelings, opinions, or impressions about the architecture and campus plan of our schools?
The first thought I had was Pietro Belluschi's church on the quad at the University of Portland. That's a wonderful building. But it's just one building. Reed has a nice fabric of old brick buildings, combined with some neo-historic stuff done by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca more recently. And PSU's campus is more like my alma mater, New York University, in that the city itself is the campus - although PSU has perhaps more of a campus feel than my school did because of the South Park Blocks.
Does anyone else care to add any favorites with respect to local campus architecture?