The New Apts Are A 1970s Olympic Village

Sochi's mountain Olympic Village. (via NBC San Diego)

Sochi’s mountain Olympic Village. (via NBC San Diego)

It is Kenyon’s most denied myth that the New Apartments were built to be temporary housing. Students say they were. The College — probably telling some form of the truth and certainly keeping one eye on the potential liability — says they weren’t. Whatever.

Here’s what the New Apts are, though: A winter Olympic Village from the 1970s.

Aesthetically speaking, they feel like condos that didn’t end up seeing a whole lot of use after people stopped driving during the oil crisis. The soaring, exposed wood adds that necessary Châteaux vibe. The combined kitchen and living room would have made entertaining a breeze in an age when party food had reached its peak as a genre.

But the shoddy nature of the construction, insulation, plumbing and pretty much everything points to something else entirely. It’s the kind of work that could only have been done under pressure and with the knowledge that people would disregard it in a few weeks.

Now, where have we seen that recently?

(Hint, if you don’t want to click the link: In Russia. In Sochi. Where the Olympics are happening.)

It’s worth noting that Olympic Villages are, essentially, dormitories. Sometimes Olympians actually live in dorms on a college campus in the host city, or the village buildings are sold to a local university after the games conclude. In Lake Placid, on the other hand, they turned the village into a minimum-security prison.

5 responses

  1. they were built to be used as housing for 25 years. The land they sit on is unsuitable for the construction of new housing so we still have them. Also, students in the 70’s used to refer to the New Apts as the olympic village because the tennis courts are where the tennis team played.

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