Last Thursday, the cupola from Brown University's former Marvel Gymnasium was placed upon the new Nelson Fitness Center. The cupola honors the legacy of two brothers, Henry and Charles Aldrich, who donated generously to Brown's previous athletic center building that was built in the 1920s. The 50-foot cupola included four clocks whose faces' numbers were replaced with the letters spelling "Aldrich Field."
When the brothers died in 1931, they bequeathed their Hope Street mansion and property to Brown University to be used as a woman's athletic facility. The property was transformed into Pembroke Field which is across the street from the current Erickson Athletic Complex. Now the cupola and clock face, placed upon the new fitness center, will overlook the brothers former home and pay tribute to their enduring legacy to Brown University's athletics.
The University’s new athletic complex, which includes the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Nelson Fitness Center, the David J. Zucconi Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, and the Ittleson Quadrangle, is scheduled to open in June of 2012.
Malcolm Grear Designers is currently engaged to design the sign and donor recognition system for new Aquatics and Fitness Center.