This summer I wrote a post about my walking tour of cupolas on campus, sharing a bit of information about this mostly ornamental architectural feature that adorns many college, religious, and government buildings. My follow up stories in the fall focused on the return of the Wray House bobcat weathervane (a real one this time) and a new bobcat affixed to the fully refurbished copper cupola on Ping Cottage. If you read any of my previous posts, you know that I was especially happy during that time of year because it was warm and sunny. I can still remember the day I saw the Ping Cottage cupola installation and the brightness of the copper glistening in the sun. Though the leaves hadn’t started to reveal their colors when the Wray House bobcat was installed, the juxtaposition of the black bobcat silouette against any color backdrop can be quite dramatic.
Though it is cold and dreary today, I perked up a bit when I read the Compass story about the new cupolas and bobcats on campus. Thanks George, UCM team member for the addition! The story reported on some of the background behind the needed repairs, with the highlight of the story as the recognition of the OHIO’s Facility Maintenance and Safety team responsible for the work. Restoring one of the missing pieces to the South Green view and welcoming a new cupola to the fold is definitely noteworthy. As an endangered species in the state of Ohio, it’s rewarding to see the recognition of these talented employees and to pay homage to OHIO’s special wildcat.