"Having worked with the Crosby Arboretum as a student and faculty member over the past ten years I have developed an appreciation and enthusiasm for this special little part of MSU. On a visit to the Arboretum in 2017 I was shown a distressed and forgotten set of schematic drawings by the Crosby Director, Pat Drackett. She knew of my interest in the work of Fay Jones and thought I might like to see some of his ideas for all the buildings he was planning as part of the master plan. I was astonished to find that Jones had schematically developed an additional four buildings meant to compliment the Pinecote Pavilion and support the day to day activities of the Arboretum. I decided then that the design had to be shared with a larger audience and I began thinking of ways in which I might help to shed light on this untold story of design and planning. As providence would have it, Professor of Art History, and now the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, Dr. Angi Bourgeois, shared an announcement for application to the Criss Trust Award. The call for applications aligned perfectly with the subject and so I submitted the proposal to create a digital archive of the drawings and an exhibition of the designs.
The exhibition was created with the assistance of 10 undergraduate students with support from an ORED Undergraduate Research Grant. We began by studying the existing schematic drawings and filling in the gaps in information by researching Jones prior works. The team worked over the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 to design and construct the exhibition with students working in teams to build the exhibition displays, generate display panels, write descriptive text, build fine basswood models, develop virtual reality three dimensional models and the general curation of the exhibition." – Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., Associate Prof. of Architecture, Mississippi State University