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Plant Hall Gets a Carpet for Christmas

Published: December 12, 2006

The University and the Chiselers Inc. have the perfect Holiday gift for their first love: Plant Hall is getting new carpeting on the ground floor lobby and hallways, and no time will be wasted in utilizing winter break for the occasion.

Installation is scheduled to begin on Dec. 18, the first Monday of winter break. The work is expected to take about three weeks to complete, said Dave Ramsey, director of facilities management.

A combination of University funds and a donation from the Chiselers will pay for the undertaking, which is part of a project that will include new doors and office lighting, Ramsey said.

Since their founding in 1959, the Chiselers have volunteered to keep the University’s landmark building and registered national historic site in tiptop shape.Donations, grants and Chiselers events, among them the annual Chiselers Market, feed the organization’s restoration fund, said longtime member and two-time past president Phyllis Kimbel.

“It has been designed for the space,” Kimbel said of the new carpet. “The design is as true to the original as we think we can come. We had a lot of choices. We looked at old pictures and chose a bright oriental pattern.

”The colors may seem excessively bright at first, Kimbel said, “but they will mellow.” The old carpet, which Ramsey said has been in place since 1987, has become dulled with time and wear, Kimbel said, and the new carpet may present a striking contrast until time and traffic subdue the hues a bit.

The Chiselers allocated money to the restoration project about two years ago, said president Pauline Crumpton ’57.“I’m just really looking forward to it,” she said.