A personal look at the buildings that define Yale University through the eyes of alumni. Artist Adam Van Doren speaks to alumni as diverse as actor Sam Waterston, writers Christopher Buckley and David McCullough, Yale librarian Judith Schiff, former NFL great Calvin Hill, architect Cesar Pelli among others, and illustrates his book in gorgeous watercolor paintings of the buildings of Yale that interest him most. Rather than an architectural analysis of a building, Van Doren explores the visceral experience of seeing it and being in it. The emphasis is in the stories, in how Yale’s buildings made people feel to live and to study in them. This is one-of-a-kind approach that will interest anyone who’s felt the intangible power of a building and a place.
The Stones of Yale is a delight—fresh and highly observant. I will be turning to its pages again and again, I have no doubt.
What makes this book — and all of Van Doren’s work — so unique and compelling is the way in which he encounters the world: open, curious, and always with a lightness of touch and a self-deprecating wit.
—Stephanie Koven, The Lakeville Journal