Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Building's restoration pondered

UK committee focusing on several issues

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — A committee appointed by University of Kentucky president Lee Todd met for more than two hours Monday, discussing the coming restoration of the school's old administration building.

        The three-story building, a school landmark that was constructed in 1882, was ravaged by a two-alarm fire May 15 that claimed most of the roof and the third floor.

        The committee focused on several issues, including:

        • How best to dry the interior and remove fungus and mold that have accumulated since the fire.

        • Installation of a temporary roof, which should take place in four to six weeks, said Jim Potts, a Lexington architect the university has hired to oversee the restora tion.

        • The possible hiring of nationally renowned historical architect Charles Phillips of Winston-Salem, N.C. The committee will ask Mr. Phillips to visit the campus and assess the building.

        • Creating a rear entrance to the building.

        • The establishment of one or more classrooms in the administration building to attract more students.

        • The restoration of a ceremonial room on the second floor that in recent years was used for office space.

        • The possible restoration of the clock tower, which was part of the original building but never contained a clock.

        “I've received firsthand reports from the committee members, and I'm impressed with what they've done so far,” Mr. Todd said following the meeting.


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