62 thoughts on “Interior Design”

  1. Yes, I agree, that way the hall monitors can quietely sneak up and see if you are listening to any contemporary christian music or if you are making some unauthorized phone calls.

  2. Robert, you are right about the carpet.

    Although the HAC hallway isn’t much different from the old dorms at MBBC either.

        1. Thanks. My old fundie church (first one) has those initials. It was confusing me. (No dorms) =)

  3. I’m guessing that Hyles Anderson is the left … based on the carpet thing. But it is depressing how similar they appear. When I was at BJU the similarities were not lost on me.

  4. Just to be different I will say the brighter, and carpteted hallway, with the state of the art smoke detectors is that of the Mental institutiion. HAC is the darkside. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  5. I figured when I saw the pic one was of Ballard @ PCC. Might be a bit wider halls. Not sure if that’s a camera effect or not, but that hall looks awfully narrow (fire hazard wise).

  6. Am curious how old the mental institute pic is? I thought most of them nowadays were more brightly decorated. At least the few low functioning kids schools I’ve been to generally are.

    1. I think a lot of it depends on who owns the hospital and what age group/mental health issue it’s geared toward.

  7. this is about your advertisement TWG which in the top right of the page.

    I thought it was satire.

    1. Oh, there is most definitely a difference, and a BIG one. With one, you leave in better shape than when you came, with hope for a brighter future. From the other, you leave downtrodden, brainwashed, and determined to make everyone you meet exactly that same way. I will let you guess which is which…

  8. I’m guessing the brighter one is HAC. How else are the hall monitors supposed to see the appearance of evil?

  9. I can spot amateur “work party” christian drywall work a mile away. Left HAC. Although the smoke detector does throw a clinker into the equation.

  10. Look at the jags in the wall on the left of the left picture. The hall not only appears to shrink, it is. Look at the end door on the left, it is not in the center. My guess, Tithing Christian architect.

  11. My guess would be that the picture on the right is the mental hospital. The hallway is wider (often the law for medical/hospital settings). It also has linoleum rather than carpeting (much easier to clean/sanitize).

  12. To be honest, a fair amount of institutions built in the middle of the last century looked similar. My college, London School of Theology – enlightened and confused as it is – has similar corridors.

    I’m not sure of my point. Perhaps it’s just that Christians tend to build loony-bins.

  13. Institutional hallways often look very dingy and cheap. The one on the left looks like some of the halls of residences I knew at the University of Sheffield in the early nineties – no religious affiliation at all and each hall had a student run bar attached to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The one on the right looks like where I used to work, not a mental institution either! We only got carpets a couple of years before we moved out of the building.

  14. That looks like the women’s Rice dorm at HAC. It had more narrow hallways than the other ones.

    1. The left one, I meant. The first opening on the left with the lights coming out is the bathroom. On the second floor of Rice, I spent a year living in the room all the way at the end of the hallway. The floor’s only 6-person room.

    2. I was JUST going to say it looked like a Rice dorm but I bet it’s Hyles 3. There are no poster boards with “We love you Miss”dorm supe” on it and no horrible cat wallpaper borders from the 80’s so I am thinking its the “new and improved” dorms…sanitized for Jeri’s kids.

      1. Hyles 3 also had a decorative border near the ceiling, and Rice was the one with the really narrow hallway. Could it have been the men’s Rice dorm? Maybe their’s was also narrow but without the decorations.

      2. Actually, now that I remember, the Rice dorm was a dorm for the Jericho students. I didn’t really visit it after I started living in Bartel, so I wouldn’t have known if they changed the border.

        1. Not men’s Rice….the left side of Men’s Rice was a wall no doors. It faced Women’s Rice so it only had rooms on the side that faced the football field. I think it is a Jones, W Rice, or Colsten dorm. I had to clean the men’s dorms for the WS week of cleaning. It looks more colsten or even Malone to me.

        2. Week of cleaning… required for females, even those of us who worked at Americall and not WS. I wasn’t very fond of it, to say the least.

  15. I’d say the one on the left is the HAC dorm, beacause the hallway is too narrow to move a gurney, food cart, etc. throught it, so I don’t think it’s a mental hospital.
    I also second those who said the crummy construction is more typical of a school than of a mental hospital.

  16. Without looking at anyone’s responses yet, and never having set foot in HAC or a mental ward, my guess is that HAC is on the right, mental ward on the left.

  17. HAC is probably on the left because of the old baseboard heater. They probably wouldn’t have one of those sticking out into the hall like that in a mental hospital, and the floor probably wouldn’t be carpeted.

  18. Most folks got it immediately. That is the Rice building at HAC on the left. A mental ward of unknown location is on the right.

    Thanks for playing, everyone.

      1. Unless you spent 2 of your 4 years in the Rice dorm. I have quite a few memories from that hall.

    1. I wouldn’t have been able to guess till someone pointed out the carpet for people to sneak up on students, which totally fits the motif in fundy land. They used to try to sneak up on my all the time too. I often used towells to block the door & light. I once was having a 2AM massive pillow fight and got clocked so hard I had to go get some aspirin, stepped out into the all to take them w/o losing a tooth in the process as the floor leaders came on the hall. When they got to the room everyone was pretending to sleep thanks to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Yay, I got it right! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Holmes and Poirot, make some room. ๐Ÿ˜› Woot woot woot….
      I enjoy myself too much. ๐Ÿ™„

  19. Yesssss, that sloppy construction was a dead giveaway. The mental ward is plaster, the dorm drywall.

    1. HAC used to be a monastery. The dorms were orginally two-story structures. They had some archictectural interest, as the construction was brick. The top floors were added by HAC, though I don’t know just when. I had five roommates. Most of the rooms on the third floor had four occupants. The rooms on the lower floors were big enough for two though they were better suited for one. In the interest of surveilling everyone I don’t think there were any single rooms except for the dorm supe. Who was somehow always holy enough to merit having a TV.

  20. I’d rather be in the institution.

    Actually, I tell HF about once a month, I feel like I could use a good week in a mental institution. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. In all fairness, this isn’t that different in appearance from any dorm I lived in, and I didn’t go to fundy colleges. Institutional drab is a universal language.

    1. You’re right of course.

      There isn’t any real point here other than that I saw the two pictures and they resembled each other. Moving on…

    2. I was going to say the same thing – that looks a lot like the hallway at my heathen state school. But then when I thought about it, my dorm did feature colorful bulletin boards filled with information about things like breast self-exams and proper condom use. They probably don’t have those at HAC!

  22. The exposed smoke detector and heat registers on the left combined with the fact that the lights on the right have more protection against shattering glass should the bulbs be broken would lead me to assume the left as HAC รขโ‚ฌโ€œ as is the common opinion.

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