The tile work triggered a special memory of my grandfather. He and my great uncle designed a number of buildings on the University of Wyoming campus and one in particular has a special place in our family's lore. The story goes that the inspiration for the Classroom Building came from one of my mom's casserole dishes. The exterior of the building is quite stunning and for its time was forward thinking in the amenities for classroom instruction.
|UW Classroom Building (center) - Photo courtesy Wyoming_Jackrabbit |
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Several years ago at the suggestion of one of my husband's friends, B and I got copies of the architectural plans from the UW archives (American Heritage Center) and put together a beautiful remembrance for my mom and dad. We spent several hours looking through boxes and settled on a few drawings. It was a sweet treat to watch B in the archives, a place where he's spent many hours.
Here is a picture of my dad after opening the Christmas gift. I know that gift touched a deep place in his heart that day.