Work on the New Geographic School is rapidly drawing towards completion and it is expected that the $500,000 building, given to the University by Dr. A. H. Rice '98, will be ready for occupation by June, although it probably will not be used by the Summer School. Private study will progress through the summer in the new school until it is opened to students in September, when it will be under the direction of Dr. Rice. It will be officially inspected before Commencement Day.
The building stands on Divinity Avenue next to the Semitic Museum and is a highly decorative structure in brick, cement, and marble, consisting of two main stories, a penthouse and a two-floored basement. Around the outside between the first and second stories are twelve round carved marble plaques set in the walls, depicting the signs of the zodiac. On. entering, one is faced by a wide marble staircase similar to the one in Widener but not as large. Paneling and painting are now being done in the interior.
Two large rooms in front on each side of the staircase will be devoted to oceanography and physical geography respectively. Next to these will be computing rooms a drafting room and an instrument room, in which the University master clock will be set to run in a vacuum. Back of these is a modern lecture hall to seat 260, in the rear of which will be a motion' picture, camera enclosure housing the latest talking projectors. Beside this hall will be a workshop in which students may make or repair their instruments.
The second floor will house the photographic and aerial survey departments an exploratory room, and record room. A large chamber will be devoted to wireless research and transmitting, and on each end of the building will be a long room, one an oak paneled library, the other a place to be used as, a map room. Other maps will be housed in the special penthouse for charts. The rest of the roof will have a stone balustrade and will be open for observations. In the basement will be two floors for book-stacks for the housing of the 80,000 books, many of which have already been delivered. Elevator machinery and an elaborate ventilating system have also been placed in the basement. The other rooms in the building will be offices and private workshops for the staff.