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Fla. Southern College Finally Builds Faculty House Planned by Wright

wrighthouseFlorida Southern College has built a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed as one of a series of faculty homes. (Florida Southern College photos)

More than 70 years ago, in the midst of designing a series of striking structures for Florida Southern College—a library, an administration complex, classroom buildings, chapels, covered walkways, a large fountain—Frank Lloyd Wright also planned some modest but handsome houses for the college’s faculty members. None of the houses got built, however, u…

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Princeton U. Moves a Storied Train Station Farther From Its Users

Princeton Station saw its last train at the end of August. (Chronicle photographs by Lawrence Biemiller)

Princeton Station saw its last train at the end of August. (Chronicle photographs by Lawrence Biemiller)

North America’s shortest scheduled passenger-train route, which runs into the heart of Princeton University’s campus, just got shorter—again. And critics of the change are steaming.

pb&jThe line appears on New Jersey Transit schedules as the Princeton Branch, but everyone else calls it the Dinky. It links Princeton with Princeton Junction, where riders can get connecting trains to Philadelphia, N…

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New Buildings Greet Students (Mostly Without Construction Fences)

Hydrotherapy room at the U. of Oregon Football Performance Center

Hydrotherapy room at the U. of Oregon Football Performance Center

This summer’s new campus buildings run the gamut from underwhelming to over the top—way, way over the top, in the case of the University of Oregon’s Football Performance Center. Planned and paid for by Phil Knight, a founder of Nike, it looks more like an ultra-exclusive resort than a campus athletic facility.

But most buildings opening in time for the fall semester are, if not exactly modest, at least more clearly suited to colle…

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Slide-Away Desk Saves Space and Money at U. of Cincinnati

Feel free to smack your head right now and wonder why no one in your housing office thought of this: a chest of drawers with a built-in desk that slides out of one side when a Dresser desk furniturestudent wants to work at it and then slides back in afterward to make space for friends—or that stays hidden away for students who do all their work in the library or on their beds.

Luckily, two staff members at the University of Cincinnati did think of it—Todd Duncan, director of housing and food services, and Carl Die…

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Student-Housing Complex in Texas Promises 1-Gigabit Internet Speeds

A private developer and a network-service provider are jointly upping the ante on Internet access in a new student-housing complex in Austin, Tex., offering one-gigabit-per-resident service. That’s about 100 times as fast as the average home cable-modem connection and as fast as the Google Fiber connections that attracted a lot of attention when the company announced that it would offer them in Kansas City, Kan.; Provo, Utah; and Austin.

Callaway House will offer students one-gigabit Internet connections. (CampusConnections image)

Callaway House will offer students one-gigabit Internet co…

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The Top 10 College Towns? Depends When You Ask

What would you rather read on an August Friday than a 10-best list, right? So here’s a ranking of the 10 best American college towns, as chosen by Livability.com, a site that produces a seemingly endless stream of 10-best lists—“Top 10 Best BBQ Cities” (with Lexington, N.C., in the lead), “Top 10 Haunted Houses” (except there are only six, led by the Cedarhurst Mansion, in Huntsville, Ala.), and “Top 10 Summer Festivals” (No. 1 is Cheyenne Frontier Days, a celebration of cowboy culture in Cheyen…

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Revisiting Green Roofs, Firm Finds Surprises (and Daisy Fleabane)

Green roofs have gotten a lot of publicity in recent years. They’re meant to help insulate buildings, to capture rainwater that would otherwise run into storm sewers, and to moderate the heat-island effects of clustered structures. To do all that, they’re designed to use special soil blends and carefully planned mixes of plants—most often hardy varieties of succulents in the sedum family.

Among green roofs revisited for the survey was the one on Middlebury College's Atwater Commons. (Middlebury College photo)

Among green roofs revisited for the survey was the one on Middlebury College’s Atwater Commons. (Middlebury …

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As Flood Threat Recedes, U. of Iowa Takes Down Barriers and Adds Up Costs

Hesco barriers protect the U. of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union from the Iowa River, which overflowed its banks but caused minimal damage ont he campus. (Photo by Tim Schoon, U. of Iowa)

Hesco barriers protect the U. of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union from the Iowa River, which overflowed its banks but caused minimal damage on the campus. (Photo by Tim Schoon, U. of Iowa)

Just five years after flooding on the Iowa River caused an estimated $743-million worth of damage to more than 20 structures at the University of Iowa, high-water forecasts in May forced the university to close buildings, put up seven miles’ worth of emergency flood walls, and cancel or reschedule some events.

This…

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New Building Aims to Draw Students to U. of Baltimore Law School

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The U. of Baltimore expects its new Angelos Law Center to help attract both students and faculty members. (Chronicle photographs by Lawrence Biemiller)

Until a few years ago, I’d have been hard-pressed to point out even a single building belonging to the University of Baltimore, despite having grown up in the city and visited every few months since I moved away. While the Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and the Peabody Institut…

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A 16-Sided Landmark That Almost Didn’t Survive

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The Nott Memorial was completed in the late 1870s. (Chronicle photograph by Lawrence Biemiller)

Schenectady, N.Y. — Union College’s Nott Memorial is one of the great period pieces of American higher education, but it has as checkered a past as any college building anywhere.

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(Union College image)

A round building on the site the Nott occupies was first envisioned 200 years ago this spring in a pioneering series of campus plans drawn up by Joseph Ramée, a French architect, and Eliphalet Nott, Uni…