Photos by Barry Tindall A D I R 0 N D A C J 6 L A N D ^ / i f S J c Paul Smith's was not a big hotel, nor was it a particularly sophisticated hotel . . . but it was a gracious link with a glorious past. As such, it has been the core of the campus since Paul Smith’s College came into existence by the will of Phelps Smith in 1937. From the time the College opened in 1946, many faculty had lived there. Each new student who arrived on campus visited the administrative office or the president. These offices were on the first floor. Each fall, when the College opened, there was a welcoming recaption in the hotel. When graduation time came in June, parents and friends gathered in the homey second floor living room for a fond farewell reception. Guests of the Cpllege for vmrious functions stayed there and enjoyed the fine food served in the cheerful dining areas. Many a pleasant evening was spent in front of the mammoth fireplaces . . . or around the baby grand piano. The hotel housed the tele phone company . . . the well-aged U.S. Post Office; the President of the Paul Smith’s Power and Light, Mr. Richard Longtin had his of fice and home there. It was classroom and lab oratory for hotel students. In short, it may have been small in size, with only about 15 sleeping rooms, but it was large indeed in the hearts of the students, faculty and alumnae. Something intangible is gone now . . . something that can never be replaced with brick, wood or stone.