First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Friday, March 02, 2007

Sunrise 6:40: Earthquake jitters

The female Dawn Jogger thinks many of the older Stanford buildings show off best at sunrise, the rays giving them a golden hue. She happened to pass the old Chemistry Building this morning, the day after the East Bay, at least, got a good shaking from a 4.3 earthquake. The Chemistry Building, now known as Old Chem, was one of three buildings that Jane Lathrop Stanford pushed to have built following her husband's death - and the only one to survive the 1906 quake, which caused considerable damage on campus. It was repaired immediately and served students until 1986 when it closed due to structural and maintenance issues. It sustained more damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and remains a fenced historical relic today. Will some alum eventually write a very big check to save it?...



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