Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Day - Bancroft Hall


Today is Induction Day at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Five years ago my oldest son started his journey at the Academy. Since then, he graduated and became a commissioned Naval Officer in May 2008. He is now in flight school to become a Navy Pilot.

All day I've been thinking of the families back in Annapolis today as a new class of 'midshipmen' are welcomed into USNA as the Class of 2013!! Remembering back 5 years ago when I was in Annapolis, I-Day is quite a transition and the beginning of a very unique journey....

During my son's "4 years by the Bay", I had the opportunity to visit numerous times. Many times I took my sketchbook with the intention to sketch, but I was too shy and intimidated to try to sketch on my trip. Instead, I returned home with lots and lots of photos of the wonderful architecture. However, I still find the Architecture intimidating to try to sketch. In the spirit of this being "I-Day" I'm posting an image that I did sketch back in the spring of 2007. This is Bancroft Hall which is one of the largest dormitories in the world, and it is the home to all 4000+ students. The building is fondly referred to as "Mother B" by the midshipmen, and it contains some 1,700 rooms and 4.8 miles of corridors. The architecture is Beaux-Arts. Each time I visited I was fascinated by the architecture and I enjoyed looking at the decorations on the sides of Bancroft Hall. In keeping with the Navy, the building is adorned with the bows of ships and wreaths.

4 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Wow, what a journey! For your son and for you.

I love the serenity of your sketch as compared to the complexity of the description (and the life within) of the building, its size, the rooms, corridors, etc. It lends itself to the story well!

redryno11 said...

Great job Mom, the sketch brings back so many memories from living in 2nd wing, all my old friends and adventures. Wonderful sketch!

Mary Paquet said...

I agree with Laure that you have instilled a calm and solid feel to the building. Great sketch and I love the thoughts you have shared.

Krista Meister said...

Congratulations to your son and of course to his parents for raising such a son!