The exterior of the newly-opened Center for the Advancement of Public Action is made from reclaimed Vermont marble. The stones are from about 15 different quarries and were cut for other projects, some as long as 75 years ago, laying unused in the marble yards.
Marble is the metamorphic version of limestone, and New England marble is approximately 450 million years old. Normally white, marble can come in a variety of colors. Marble quarries were a significant feature in Vermont history, especially along the marble corridor that runs the length of western Vermont. The Vermont Marble Company of Dorset claims that its Imperial Quarry (located within Dorset Mountain) is the largest marble quarry in the world.
Take a moment to observe the landscaping around CAPA. The large boulders that you see were excavated during the building process and kept as a reminder of the Vermont landscape. Also indicative of the state’s pastoral heritage are the grounds surrounding CAPA. These have been restored to meadow and planted with a variety of native grasses, shrubs, and flower species. Because they evolved together with other local organisms under area-specific conditions, these plantings benefit local wildlife and contribute to the overall ecosystem health of the Bennington campus.