Can't see the roof from the webcam at 5:30 PM, but the Smith Hall roof is metal (see picture below), so any wear that can be seen on a webcam is strictly cosmetic. The achitect would probably call it "patina."
I have never been able to figure out how to attach full size pictures like 8485 can do. But I think if you click on this smaller photo attachment from the webcam, you can see how poorly this roof now looks. Not sure the life expectancy of a metal roof is compared to standard roofing but believe it is considerably longer than those. Still . . . . . . .
Unless, of course, TPTB want a weathered/aged look so that it makes a modern building "fit in" with a 177 year old campus.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2020 9:14:42 GMT -5 by sader1970
I guess what I was trying to say with the patina comment was, that's what metal roofs (any bare metal left out in the weather) look like after 15-20 years. Think of the Statue of Liberty. In about 30 years it went from the original bright polished copper, to a dull brown to roughly the current "Liberty green."
And just like the Statue of Liberty where the underlying copper on the statue is actually protected by that green colored oxidized copper it would not surprise me if same is true on the Smith metal roof, but the weathering isn't finished yet. Admittedly it does not look great right now, but I'd be very surprised if there is a "problem" with the roof and suspect in another 10 years, the streaking you seem to be reacting to will change and color of the roof will be much more consistent.
Staring at roof on a web cam on the best weather November weekend you'll ever see...
Is this what life in 2020 has come down to?
Short answer: YES
Longer answer: we can't comment on what some believe are happy events of yesterday and too depressed to comment on the record-breaking disastrous stats on covid. Feels like one of those movies where the plane is in a steep dive and we need the pilot to pull back on the stick (yoke if you prefer) to save the day and level the flight. So, looking at a roof seems like a pretty good alternative.