|provides ample space for
registrants and staff alike as visitors to the
new facility check in for classes,
workshops, or seminars offered by the Center
of Continuing Education, or for a Princeton
Seminar sponsored by the Office of Vocations.
Over this desk hangs a
plaque that reads, This building is
dedicated in memory of Charles Rosenbury Erdman
and his wife, Estelle Pardee Erdman, who resided
on this site for fifty-five years offering
Christian hospitality to countless students and
friends of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Joyce Tucker, dean of continuing education, hopes
to continue to extend this same spirit of
hospitality to the guests who stay at Erdman Hall
in the future.
Judge Justin M.
Johnson, a member of the Board of Trustees of
Princeton Seminary and one of the first guests in
the upgraded facility when he attended the
October Board meeting, believes that Tucker and
her staff are doing a fine job. They did a
really nice job on Erdman, he says.
It was quite welcoming and spacious. And I
was delighted to see that the building is
reflective of our responsibility to people with
disabilities. It is ADA [Americans with
Disabilities Act] compliant!
We have exceeded ADA requirements by adding
twice the number of wheelchair-accessible rooms
than is required.
and building project has special significance to
another member of the board of trustees, Peter E.
B. Erdman, who grew up visiting his
grandparents house when it stood at 20
Library Place. When asked about the new changes,
he commented that the
|education staff; a
welcoming lobby and reception area; and a lounge
area with TV and VCR, couches, and large windows.
also include the addition of sixty guest rooms,
each uniquely accented by the diverse patterns
and textures of the bedspreads, valances, and
upholstery that echo the color scheme in the
lobby. Some rooms are equipped with private
bathrooms, and there are more double beds than in
the former facility. In addition, the new Erdman
houses six family suites, each with two bedrooms
and a private bathroom.
the sixty guest rooms to be as homelike as
possible, Tucker says. We were
concerned about the comfort of the beds, and we
took care to provide as many private bathrooms as
possible. In addition, each of the guest
rooms is equipped with modern conveniences that
people have come to depend on including
telephones, modem hookups, and voice mail.
made an impression on Julia Osborne Christensen,
a member of the Alumni/ae Association Executive
Council (AAEC), who stayed at Erdman when the
Council met this fall. My first stay was
delightful! she says. I especially
enjoyed the updated, private bathroom and the
in-room phone from which I