I was up at Mississippi State University recently and decided to walk through a building I had never actually seen inside before, the Bost Extension Center. As always, I made sure to check out the plaque in the lobby telling me important information about the building, like construction date, architect, builder, etc.
You may remember a post from a while back where I expressed surprise about a second “amendment plaque” in the lobby of MSU’s Walker Engineering Building, “Giving Credit Where Credit May or May Not Be Due (see relevant regulation(s).” We decided in the comments to that post that the two plaques resulted from a change in the university’s administration in 1960, so the new president, Dr. Colvard, put up a second plaque with his name on it.
Well, here we are again at MSU, still the only place I’ve seen such profligate plaque-making. Here at Bost, we find another duplicate plaque, this one carefully placed so that it’s apparently meant to be an alternate version of history rather than a mere update as at Walker. This one seems to have been inspired by a complete turnover in the State Building Commission.
In fact, the turnover is so complete that Charles Rayford Smith, the architect for the Building Commission, gets replaced by an attorney–not just any attorney though–this one has four names, H.L.B. Foote. Attorneys do so much to bring a building from ground up, it seems only fair that they would replace the staff architect, who, you know, probably just reviewed the plans, conducted site visits, attended meetings, etc.
So far, MSU is winning the gold medal in number of Building Plaque Twins–does any other campus come close?