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LONGABERGER ALUMNI HOUSE

Interview with Tim Hawk

“So… the Longaberger Alumni House was the longest project in the history of WSA Studio. It started when I was leaving for graduate school in 1987 and it wasn’t finished until 1999,” Tim told me as soon as he sat down at my desk. The Alumni Association was an outreach program for Ohio State University to interact with the community. It was located inside the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow. The head of the association, Dan Heinlen, decided they needed a place to live where alumni could come back.

Originally, this building was predicted to be an addition to the existing building, but after a soil evaluation went awry, multiples years of donations originally intended to accommodate an addition to an existing building transitioned to fulfill the needs of a standalone building. Bob and Tom came up with a brand new idea on the same budget with many alternates to allow room for more donations to come through and add to the value of the building. “We put forth a lot of effort to get them the building they wanted,” Tim iterated. 

We did this interview at my desk, so the phone rang at this point. I answered and transferred the call. Amy then asked about my trip to Kroger for lunch because I ran into someone I knew from my hometown, Annie Glenn. I know, you guys! Shout out, New Concord! So… instead of continuing the interview immediately, we Googled John and Annie Glenn for 15 minutes.

“So, anyway…,” Tim said. “What else do you want to know? Want to know about the building?” he asked. It was built based on donations. Most of the bricks and benches had donor names on them. The bricks were also disbursed in a creative pattern to allow for a decorative feel without spending more money. 

This building was big for WSA Studio. It was the project that showed our integrity and talent outside of small, interior projects. It proved to the university that WSA Studio was more than capable of doing buildings of this caliber.

“Now… you want some off the record stuff?” Tim asked. “You can’t publish this….”

1997 Pop Culture Facts

Here’s the thing about 1997 pop culture: comings and goings. I’ll start with the bad news. This was the year Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. It’s also the year Mother Teresa died. In the meantime, kids were adopting Tamagotchis and making their parents keep them alive while they went to school. Linda Finch completed Amelia Earhart’s dream of flying around the world. Think about that for a second. Linda Finch is flying around the world and kids are barely able to keep their fake pets alive. Millennials! Am I right? The Titanic movie and Ellen Degeneres both came out this year. Like I said, comings and goings. Also, a sheep named Dolly was cloned. Cray!