Color and Concrete


One of the frequent questions that newcomers to the UMass Dartmouth campus have is about the lack of interior color to offset the concrete construction. The photo attached below shows that there was in fact a significant attempt by the architect to ornament the interior of the buildings with unique finishes and vibrant color. This photo, taken in 1967, less than a full year from the opening of the building is an excellent example of that attempt. The signature orange carpet, which he also used in his Art and Architecture Building at Yale was bold and cheerful. The matching seat cushions and wall hangings were a complement to the carpet. Also note the stylish metal mesh curtains which adorned all of the windows in Group 1 at this time. The last remaining metal mesh curtains hang anonymously in the Group 2 lounges.