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Reading the walls

In our current cover story on the new residential colleges, we talk about the ornament in the colleges, which includes some intentionally arcane references to Yale history. But that’s nothing new. This carving on the side of Bingham Hall (1927) requires some decoding for a modern viewer. We think the “CL,” “68,” and spoon refer to the fact that Charles W. Bingham, the building’s namesake, was a member of the Cochlaureati—or wooden spoon committee, a prestigious post—for his Class of 1868. The musical notation is anyone’s guess.

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