In a recent post, I chronicled my personal walking tour of cupolas on the Athens Campus. During my jaunt, I passed Ping Cottage after seeing Bryan Hall on Campus Green, which at the time, unbeknownst to me, was missing its cupola. After inquiring about the missing Bobcat weather vane on Wray House, I found out that the cupola atop Ping Cottage was under repair. According to Facilities Management and Safety Associate Vice President Steve Wood, his team investigated a leak in the Ping Cottage dormer earlier in the year and discovered that the dormer and cupola needed special attention. Because of the skill of OHIO’s craftsmen and the size of the cupola, the work to repair and rebuild the structure was completed in-house. The old tin was replaced with copper, creating a new look for the cupola that, according to Wood, “will last for many years.”
I had a chance to see the finished product that the carpenter and sheet metal teams created when the new dormer and cupola were being installed. I was enamored with how the copper caught the sun.
With the Ping Cottage cupola in tact, there are now 16 cupolas on campus.
In “Cupolas on campus,” I couldn’t help but notice the irony regarding the Hudson cupola on the student’s health center needing its own dose of care. Wood reported that there is a funded project that begins soon to repair and paint the Hudson cupola, with an estimated completion date before the end of the calendar year.
What about the Bobcat weather vane?
Remember the “Derecho of June 2012?” At the time, it produced all-time highest recorded wind gusts that time of year. The storm, though fast-moving, covered a wide geographic area, earning “mid-Atlantic” as part of its name. The iconic Bobcat weather vane was damaged during that storm and had to be removed. Though there is no estimated completion date at this time, I have been assured that a new Bobcat will again don Wray House. I can’t wait until I have the pictures to prove it.