Sept. 16, 2020
By Trey Van Natta, The Trailblazer Staff Writer and Guest Contributor
VINCENNES, Ind. – Many students have noticed the new and colorful
French Quarter Apartments located along Second Street. Vincennes
University broke ground in October of 2019 and managed to complete
enough of the project to have students moving in by the start of Fall
2020 classes. The apartments aren’t all the way finished, but so far
they are an eye-catching addition to VU.
The inspiration for these apartments came from the French Quarters in
New Orleans. The buildings are vibrant and have a vintage appeal to
them. One of the architects behind this idea was Phil Rath. He wanted
to create a natural, healthy environment that was not a traditional
color or design. Rath sadly died from cancer last summer, but his
memory and ideas will live on.
Andrew W. Young, the Director of Architectural Services and
Facilities at VU, confirmed that each apartment has its own bathroom,
walk-in closet, kitchen, laundry room, and balcony. Apartments also
come with basic appliances like a fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher.
“It’s a very different independent style of living,” Young said.
One student, Jonathan Danz, has been living in the French Quarter for
a few weeks now. Danz is a Broadcasting major from Beech Grove and
enjoys living in the apartments over the dorms. He likes the design of
the buildings and enjoys the space and freedom that comes with having
“The privacy is good as well, the apartment itself is actually pretty
big. I’m sure the area around the apartments will look better once the
construction is done,” Danz said.
The buildings should be complete within the next week. Young
mentioned they plan to add more plants and trees around the area.
They’re also adding a new fountain and bike storage for the students.
All of this site work should be complete within three weeks. Then they
plan to move on to phase two of the project.
There will be four additional apartment buildings off First Street,
across from phase one. The buildings will have a similar style to the
French Quarter but have a different layout. They started moving dirt
last week and plan to start the foundation very soon. Young says he is
excited to see these projects coming together and can’t wait for the outcome.
This story was published by The Trailblazer on Sept. 14, 2020.
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