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Poll: How Do You Feel About the Impending Loss of the Gallaudet Building?

Imposing 90-year-old hall will be replaced with a new building at the American School for the Deaf.

The signature building of the American School for the Deaf, 90-year-old Gallaudet Hall, will soon be replaced with a new building, school officials have said.

The new building — a 60,000-square-foot facility — is being designed by Tai Soo Kim Partners. Groundbreaking is planned for May.

That means that the grand hall seen across an expansive lawn on North Main Street will soon be gone.

ASD officials have said that the building "is no longer able to provide a safe or effective learning environment for the 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend the school."

Will you miss the Gallaudet Building as you drive down North Main Street, or do you look forward to the new facility?

June Freeman April 20, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I dislike the new designed building, too modern. I will be very sad to see the OLD Historic Gallaudet building GONE...heartbroken forever. ASD will not be the same, I promise you!
king of we ha April 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Who's paying for the new building?
Sharon Thomason April 21, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I agree. It would have been preferable to incorporate part of the old building's elements in the new design. . . I will mourn the loss of this landmark.
Jane Joe April 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
As of the 21st Century the students will be very proud of the new modern Gallaudet building, not us the old times. I wish the 'students in the future' the highly best of the education in the future! About 'June promise you' on the previous message she meant that the old landmark of the ASD will not be the same as an old Gallaudet building as it is for 90 years. She always is fond of ASD/ASDAA! Thank you!
Jennifer Stafford May 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
While I completely understand the need to go with the new school building, I am still very disappointed. After looking at the interior pictures of the Gally Building, I was relatively shocked to see how bad the building looked. I would have thought that the school would at least keep up with the repairs over the years. (I previously owned a house which was built in 1890 (122 years old) and I am familiar with what is involved with the upkeep.) This is so sad to see the school letting the building go like this. I also wish that they came up with the design a bit more classic and traditional than the one they went with. The one they decided to go with looks a bit "harsh" and "hard". Too modern for my taste... I will always have fond memories of the Gally Building...

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