The world’s smallest dorm: What is that little bit of wall across from Reiss doing?
Out of the myriad of construction projects going on by every major walk through campus, easily the most perplexing is the tiny piece of wall that sits across the pathway on the East side of Reiss, near where the Northeast Triangle Dorm will be built.
At first, it looked like a failed start to the new dorm, but plans for the dorm were not yet approved by the time this speck of stone was thrown up. There it has stood for months, a ridiculous ode to the brand new dorm, whose design was once described as “ugly” by hundreds of students.
Vox has cracked the safe and figured out this puzzle with some behind-the-scenes, investigative journalism:
“It is simply a demonstration wall that is part of the regulatory process of the Old Georgetown Board,” Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey wrote in an email to Vox. “They require inspection and approval of the materials used in building construction. In this case we provided two options of stone for the board to see in the environment so the light and context is correct.”
There it is. Georgetown can thank the Old Georgetown Board for its little wall.
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