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Shattuck Observatory

Shattuck Observatory

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Ammi Young designed the observatory his last building at Dartmouth. George C. Shattuck M.D. LL. D. of Boston class of 1803 gave the building. The building had a wood and copper dome until around 1958 when it went to Smithsonian and was lost according to one account. The dome bearings that workers removed at that time were six pre-Civil War cannonballs. The current dome is a modern steel one.Shattuck Observatory is the oldest scientific building on campus. Many astronomy classes use the observatory and it has open hours for the public. Dartmouth also shares two modern observatories in Kitt Peak Arizona with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan.(Source: Scott Meacham "Notes toward a Catalog of the Buildings and Landscapes of Dartmouth College "Dartmo.: The Buildings of Dartmouth College (updated 2001) at by Tim Tregubov
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