Of all the buildings on the Kenyon campus, Rosse Hall seems like an unlikely choice to celebrate in gingerbread. When Patti Paige ’74 agreed to make a building for this story, she considered a few others. Old Kenyon, she decided, would be too large. Finn House was too traditional for gingerbread. “It’s your classic gingerbread house and it’s been done, and I’m just not into that. I’m not a curlicue person,” she said.
At first, she discounted Rosse, thinking it was too plain. But the more she thought about it, the more it intrigued her. “I’m drawn to unlikely things.”
One of the main challenges she faced was recreating the building from photos and only the roughest measurements. “My team and I looked at so many pictures, and you have to figure out, ‘Are the stairs this big? Or that big?’” she said.
An even bigger challenge, it turns out, was the warm weather. To meet the deadline, the building had to be done by the end of June. “Gingerbread gets soft when it’s warm out, almost like a sponge,” she said. “There’s a reason people make gingerbread houses in the winter.”