Software, Hardware, Silverware

Brick by Brick

Inga Saffron for

Still smarting from the days when it was tagged the “ugliest campus” in America in a college-ranking survey, the West Philadelphia institution has begun a massive effort to colorize its oft-derided orange-brick buildings, transforming them from garish tangerine to tasteful collegiate red. It is accomplishing this by equipping workers with miniature paint rollers and dispatching them to coat each offending orange brick, one by one.

This would have been my commentary, but Inga took care of it for me:

The worst thing about Drexel’s tangerine-hued buildings probably isn’t their color. Like many government-built structures of their time, they present a hostile face to the street and lack a certain human grace. Coloring them red won’t change that.