donation from the Harold Alfond Foundation
and the Lunders themselves helped fund the
$15 million, 26,000-square-foot pavilion.
Colby has “the best academic museum
in the country,” says Adams. And the new
wing, which adds both exhibition space and
classroom space, is itself an event for Maine.
“This was a gift to the people of Maine,”
says Museum Director Sharon Corwin. “We
want every resident in the state to feel real
engagement with and real ownership of this
The new structure, designed by archi-
tect Frederick Fisher of Frederick Fisher and
Partners of Los Angeles, is a Modern depar-
ture from the brick Georgian-influenced
buildings for which the campus is known.
The college was founded in 1813 in the
center of Waterville, then a mill town on the
Kennebec River, as the Maine Literary and
Theological Institution. After World War II,
the campus was moved from the town center to Mayflower Hill, open, elevated farmland west of town where an entirely new campus was designed by one of America’s most
accomplished collegiate architects, Jens
A flying ace in World War I, Larson is
the main entrance to the pavilion is across an outdoor sculpture court featuring Richard Serra’s three
steel cubes, titled 4-5-6. A pristine Modern palette forms a contemporary canvas composed of the
diagonal staircase and the reflection of the brick Georgian of the original museum building.
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