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The Hydraulic Lab Is No More

The Sun reports that the Hydraulic Laboratory collapsed last week. What I find amusing is that none of the powers-that-be seem to have known about the development, even though the building had collapsed a couple of days ago:

As of last night, Simeon Moss, director of Cornell Press Relations, said he had not heard about the collapse of the building, and could not provide any details of the incident. Cornell University Police and the Ithaca Police Department also both said they were unaware of the incident.

The freeze-thaw cycle in Upstate New York can be quite the nuisance.

The building was built in 1897, designed to blend in with the gorge wall. I always thought its presence on campus was a significant reminder of the larger purpose of Ezra's University -- integrating the man-made and the natural world to harness change and improve the quality of life for all. Its demise is an appropriate reminder of our own transient and fleeting role in this world.

Here's how the laboratory must have looked when it was in its glory:

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on February 17, 2009 (#)

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