Sitting on one of McCosh 50’s original wooden seats, it’s easy to feel transported to the Princeton of another era. The largest classroom on campus with 446 seats, the room has hosted lectures by prominent figures throughout its 105-year history. But 25 years after its last major upgrade, the space was in need of a facelift.
After a $400,000 renovation last summer, McCosh 50 now is the most technologically advanced lecture hall on campus, equipped with new sound, recording, and projection systems. But the well-known creaky floorboards will remain. As David Hopkins, director of the Broadcast Center, put it: “For as many people who complain about the creaky floor, there are people who love the creaky floor. It has charm.”
The lecture hall, the most popular event space on campus besides Richardson Auditorium, was closed for the summer to undergo renovation. Extensive scaffolding was installed so workers could replace the speaker cluster high up in the ceiling, and at the same time update the smoke alarms and fire-sensor system. The scaffolding was removed just in time for the start of fall classes.