As Alfred University’s oldest building (constructed in 1851), Alumni Hall presents a striking pose for many to admire. It’s a hard building to miss! Originally the home of the Alfred Academy, it now houses our Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. Sitting in the front foyer is the original bell that used to hang in the tower.
But what most people don’t pay attention to is the building’s weather vane. It takes a long look up to really see, and even then, it takes some thought to figure out as it’s in the shape of an object not often seen anymore: a pen quill. Constructed from a pine rail fence post, the weather vane is original to the building and represents the adage “the pen is mightier than the sword,” an apt moniker for an educational institution.