Bulldog Tale Wags the Media

Published on November 14th, 2011

The transformation of Eli mascot Handsome Dan I (1889-1897) from flesh and blood … to taxidermy … to iconic statuary standing guard outside the historic Yale Bowl was a story told last week from Boston to the bayous to the Rocky Mountains – and farther still on the Internet:

Led by partner Mark Simon, FAIA and a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, and Associate Sue Wyeth, AIA, Centerbrook shepherded the delicate process of turning stuffed Dan into bronzed Dan as part of its design work at the university’s Athletic Campus on Derby Avenue.

Featured in a nationally distributed article by the Associated Press, Dan appeared in such varied media as the Harvard Crimson (which cribbed the story from the Yale Daily News), the Desert News of Salt Lake City, The New Haven Register, and Daily Comet of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Noble Dan was installed on his granite pedestal on November 9, just in time to have a profound psychological impact on The Game between the Bulldogs and the Pilgrims.