VIDEO: Remembering Stafford Hall

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 7:47 p.m. CDT; updated 1:29 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Watch a time-lapse video of the destruction of Stafford Hall while listening to former residents speak of their memories of the building.


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Rosellen Downey September 15, 2010 | 9:17 a.m.

Really nice use of audio and time lapse. How did you find the former residents?

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Chris Cady September 15, 2010 | 9:29 a.m.

Lived one semester in Cramer back in 1987-88. They just don't build em like that anymore. Glazed brick, terrazo floors, just indestructible. In the spring we'd put the stereo speakers in the back window of our room and lay out in the sun in the courtyard, hoping some girls in bikinis would decide to do the same thing.

I can't imagine there's anything really wrong with these buildings, other than being 'outdated' (whatever that means) and in the way of some new boondoggle. Too bad we throw away perfectly good buildings when we're in so much debt.

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Chris Cady September 15, 2010 | 10:00 a.m.

BTW, I didn't mean to malign our University Hospital. It's one of the things that makes Columbia special. It was more of comment on society as a whole and our approach to resource consumption. It's also not the Hospital's fault that there has been a continuing arms race in the medical field for years, just like there is in sports. You do have to keep up or get left in the dust.

Back on topic. The hallways in Cramer were wide enough to play frisbee in. Not that I would ever do that.

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Alex Giddings September 15, 2010 | 10:13 a.m.

Hi this is Alex Giddings.

Rosellen - I just used Facebook to search previous Stafford Hall groups and contacted them that way.


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Richard Stafford September 17, 2010 | 8:53 a.m.

I am Richard Yeater Stafford II, nephew of Richard Yeater Stafford for whom the Hall was named. Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of such a significant part of the University's history. By demolishing this building, your school has erased a piece of your history as well as ours. It must be a terrible shock to the current and over 60 years of alumni who called it home.

I feel that the University should name the section/wing of the new hospital in honor of my uncle, as not to lose the history of this great University. A section should similarly be named for Cramer and any other fallen heroes whose memorials are being razed. We only recently heard of the demolition from a family friend, after it was too late. From what we understand, a conference room in an adjacent build is being named for Richard Stafford (I). This hardly seems equivalent.

Please do not allow this University to erase the Stafford Hall's memory. Obviously, the school thought it was important to name this building after a war hero, so why would it be any less significant now. I hope your readers consider this proposal, and my family would appreciate any student support. I'm sure it's not too late to do the right thing for your University.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Richard Yeater Stafford II

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