Masters Dedicate Robert M. Arnold Hall

Davenport Master Richard Schottenfeld ’71, ’76 M.D., Silliman Master Judith Krauss ’70 MSN, Geri Lucks, Robert M. Arnold ’51, Toni Esterling, and Grant Esterling ’51, ’54 LL.B.

Davenport and Silliman masters Richard Schottenfeld ’71, ’76 M.D. and Judith Krauss ’70 MSN hosted a gathering May 3 to dedicate Robert M. Arnold Hall, the latest celebration in the continuing renewal of the Yale’s residential colleges. The ceremony was held outdoors on a sunny, clear afternoon and featured remarks, entertainment, and a champagne reception in the Davenport common room. Robert M. Arnold ’51, donor to the project and an alumnus of Davenport College, came from Seattle to attend the event.

In his remarks, Master Schottenfeld thanked Mr. Arnold for this needed addition to Davenport. “The Yale College experience is profoundly shaped by the residential college system, of which we are all beneficiaries. Many students make their closest friends in their college, where they become a family—a tribe—shaped by shared experiences.” Arnold Hall, he noted, will provide additional housing for Davenport students beginning in fall 2007.

Lauren Taylor SM ’08 was among the first students to live in Arnold Hall, which this year provided a home for forty-three Silliman students while their college underwent renovation. She expressed the sentiments of many undergraduates when she described the hall’s many winning attributes and expressed her appreciation to Mr. Arnold.

Master Krauss then presented Mr. Arnold with a watercolor painting of the new facility. “Arnold Hall is a model of the kind of residence-hall addition that abolishes the term ‘annex,’” she said. Arnold, Schottenfeld, and Krauss cut a ceremonial blue ribbon, after which attendees were treated to musical selections by the Baker’s Dozen.

Designed by the New Haven firm of Herbert S. Newman & Partners, the four-story building of brick and cast stone fronts on Elm Street and is a suitable adjunct to Davenport, featuring traditional student suites and a quiet, gated courtyard. Passages above and below ground connect the new spaces to the rest of the College, linking residents to its three other courtyards, common areas, dining facilities, and basement activity rooms. Unlike other residential annexes, the addition also offers 3,000 square feet of retail space, adding vibrancy to the Broadway area and the nearby green.

(May 5, 2007)

May 5, 2007