Auburn gingerbread village to be unveiled Dec. 6

2013 Auburn Gingerbread VillageAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The sixth annual unveiling of the Auburn gingerbread village Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. will launch holiday festivities for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, visitors can view the village in the lobby and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The village will then be on display throughout the month of December.

The gingerbread village is a collaborative project between students and faculty from the Master of Integrated Design and Construction program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and general manager Hans van der Reijden and chefs of the hotel.

Each year, models of buildings to be added to the village are created by construction and design students and faculty and then decorated by hotel chefs. This year’s additions are the President’s Home and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The new buildings will join Cater Hall, Langdon Hall, Hargis Hall, Samford Hall, The Hotel at Auburn University, the Auburn Train Depot, the Auburn University Chapel and the Halliday Cary Pick house, home of the Cary Center, to form the miniature gingerbread village.

The models for this year’s additions were created by Paul Holley, a professor in the McWorther School of Building Science in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and Ivan Vanchev, who was a student in the Master of Integrated Design and Construction program. Holley and Vanchev used existing blueprints and data to create virtual models of the buildings, turn them into two-dimensional representations and then build actual infrastructure models of the President’s Home and the museum.

Contact: Allison Duke, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, (334) 321-3181 (allison.duke@auhcc.com), Paul Holley, McWhorter School of Building Science, (334) 844-5377 (hollepw@auburn.edu) or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)