Architecture buffs, and everyone who enjoys the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, will have noted the scaffolding at the Terrace. Workers have removed the fourth-story limestone scrollwork and red ceramic shields.
"This is the final portion of the larger central roof replacement that took place last year," says Paul Broadhead, assistant director for Union facilities. "The pieces are being replaced by new structures that were handcrafted by a local craftsman, Northwest Masonry, and fired at Rowe Pottery."
The Terrace shields have stirred debate because of their resemblance to the "W" crest on the UW Field House, whose decorative creator is unknown. The beloved design now serves as the UW's logo.
Campus supervising architect Arthur Peabody oversaw the Field House design and personally designed the Union. Leon Pescheret developed the Union's interior decor, incorporating "W" shields into the Rathskeller's decorative art.
"The old pieces are no longer suitable for exterior use and are being placed in storage," says Broadhead. "They will most likely be used as decorative aspects in future projects."