Old Man of Glass

Designer proposes replacing New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain with glass replica

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For thousands of years, New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain proudly stared out over Profile Lake in the White Mountains. Notables from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Presidents Grant and Eisenhower journeyed to gape at the series of five granite ledges, that, when viewed from the right angle, looked like the profile a craggy old man.

Finally, a late spring snowfall plus millennia of erosion and famously crappy New Hampshire weather caused the Old Man to collapse in 2003. Mourners left flowers for the fallen stone face, and even The Simpsons paid tribute in the form of parody.

Well, New Hampshire, the time has come to dry your tears and look forward to Old Man of the Mountain 2.0: Award-winning architect Francis D. Treves, of Princeton, N.J., has proposed building a glass replica of the Old Man in its original spot. Made of 250 glass panels, visitors would now actually be able to go inside the Old Man’s head and share his view over the valley.

One look at the comments section in New Hampshire’s Union-Ledger paper seems to indicate that New Hampshire natives aren’t really in a talking mood: “no, no, no!!!” “With all due respect to the artist, please go away”; “build it in New Jersey or France where it will be appreciated.”


—Ted Alvarez

Designer: Replace old man with walk-in replica (Union-Leader)

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