A second round of public workshops held yesterday in AU’s Foy Hall auditorium produced the first visuals of what your children will call Toomer’s Corner.
Arches, an elevated intersection, the demolition of Biggin Hall, and maybe converting the entrance to campus into some sort of amphitheater (but, sadly, no “Transformer type technology”) were just a few of the possibilities that made it to the idea presentation stage of the first round of workshops (which you can watch a video of). But here’s what the landscape architecture experts are thinking.
All four options include large trees, a decision that was reached in January.
According to AU’s Dan King, a final design will be ready by Spring.
Artist rendering h/t @AuburnVillager. Check out their Facebook page for more drawings and information, and / or pick up a copy of The Villager tomorrow.
Preliminary drawings provided by the Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing.
Related: A webcam shot of the Toomer’s Corner fire.
More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History / Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?
* Workshop re-envisions Toomer’s Corner with arches, elevated road
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* Auburn’s banned 1979 student recruitment poster
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* Elvis says “War Eagle”
* Alabama in Auburn gear
* Diagram of a 1983 Auburn student
* That OTHER time they burned the Glom
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first design (OPT #2): I don’t think there is enough room for a full size overcup oak. Unless those 2 trees to the side are NOT overcups and the main one is… maybe I should watch the video.
Kristy W. says
Thumbs down on all of them. I think it needs to be back as much like the original. These renderings will take away the tradition, and that’s exactly what we don’t want. You change it and it won’t be the same. It NEEDS to be the same (as much as possible).
I’m going with Option 1 “Circle & Center”.
I’m still baffled by the idea that they could tear down Biggin.
Biggin’s nothing really special, is it? They’re not talking about knocking down Langdon Hall or Hargis Hall, are they?
I wanna Harvey statue we can egg when we lose
Biggin’s a beautiful building and a great example of International-style architecture. It’s also housing a ton of really rare printmaking equipment and has the only good gallery space on campus. They gutted it about 10 years ago and I can’t imagine they’d tear it down.
What about bronze trees? Still could roll them after an auburn win!