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Stanford arts buildings to be revamped

Memorial Auditorium and Cantor Arts Center each getting facelift

Two major Stanford University arts facilities are getting prepped for soon-to-commence facelifts: Memorial Auditorium and the Cantor Arts Center.

Crews are now erecting scaffolding around three sides of Memorial Auditorium, constructed in 1938, with plans to restore its stucco, repair its wooden windows and install new copper gutters, the university said. The project is slated to be completed by the 2014-15 academic year.

Graduates, don't fret about scaffolding ruining graduation photos: No scaffolding will be erected on the front of Memorial Auditorium until after Stanford's 123rd commencement ceremony, scheduled for June 14. Across campus, crews are also hard at work putting up scaffolding around Cantor in preparation for a summer project that will replace the roof on the front of the museum along Lomita Drive, as well as the roofs on its two rotundas.

The roof replacements are the final phase of a multiyear, three-phase project, which began in 2010 with the restoration of the museum's main lobby skylight, the university said.

Other repairs include restoring historic mosaic panels -- commissioned by Jane Stanford in 1898 from a company in Venice, Italy -- across the museum's front facade, exterior stucco on the Cantor wing from 1999 and the glass of the Cantor Auditorium windows.

Both Memorial Auditorium and Cantor will remain open during construction.

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