Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais

Supposedly the Cathedral in Beauvais, France [more] is the inspiration for Wilson Hall at Fermilab.

Wilson Hall at FermilabSt. Pierre at Beauvais

It’s a stretch.

Update: As is usual when I realize I’ve been a little stupid, I just discovered that a simple search on Google that I didn’t ever do gives some nice info on this topic. What someone needs to do is write a meta-search engine that does all the searches that you really wanted to do when you hit Google.


  1. Jeremy said,

    August 14, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Yeah… Midwesterners really need to stop comparing themselves in any way to anything on the coasts or especially Europe. They just exhibit their idiocy for the entire world to see, and it’s starting to piss me off. “Hey everyone, I think something where I live in the middle of fucking nowhere can possibly be compared to something on one of the coasts or Europe! That’s because I’ve never been to any of those places and am also a complete idiot!” I’ve actually heard people say things like “Lake Michigan is better than the California coast” and draw comparisons between Ann Arbor and Manhattan. The next time I hear that I will punch the person’s face in.

    Also, if the architect really was inspired by that cathedral, then he should be fired.

    All of that said, though, I think Wilson Hall is actually quite cool and I’m jealous that you get to hang out there because every trip I’ve made to Fermilab I’ve had to work in the shit-trailers in the dead of winter with the dynamically unstable positive-feedback temperature control system.

    I guess I’m feeling some rage right now because I’m flying back to shit-ville in less than 24 hours.

  2. alan said,

    August 14, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

    Actually, I believe the inspiration come to Robert Wilson, the founding director for Fermilab. Supposedly he designed much of the art around the campus (there arches at the entrance, the logo, the main hall…) He was the one who visited Beauvais.

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