scheduled for demolition

boiler building
I have drawn this building before, but never knew what to call it. It seemed rude to ask its name by that point. The boiler building, by the music building, has long been a favourite of mine for the rusting boilers and pipes that dot its edges, and its general old but warm feel. A slice of the old campus, a cousn of Hart Hall. Here is my previous drawing (which hung on the walls of the Pence in my show last December; it’s now available in my Etsy store). The one above was done a week or so ago, when I was invited to come and sketch it with Catherine Buscaglia, from UC Davis Design and Construction Management, who had emailed me to let me know that finally this old building will sadly be demolished later this month. I have come back a couple of times to draw it again, and may come back to witness its demise.


Here are some of the rusty boilers I was talking about. I have drawn them before, as part of my ‘pipes and hydrants’ series, and you can see them here. I have looked through the broken window, and inside it looks even more interesting for sketchers of metal pipes, though I may be a little too scared of spiders crawling all over me to sketch inside. Below, one more, done from the front side of the building. The ever changing landscape; I wonder how it will look by the time the new academic year begins?
boiler building (other side)

4 thoughts on “scheduled for demolition

    • Catherine Buscaglia says:

      very nice sketches, I especially love the old pipes and such. There is an interesting old manhole out there that I would like to do a charcoal rubbing of. Also working on a sketch myself! No way I’ll go inside with those spiders and who knows what else! We are so lucky to have you in Davis to keep a history of things as they change over the years. Looking forward to seeing your next show and maybe catching a sketch crawl one day!

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