Constance July 1st, 2007
The latest (last?) installment of the Indiana Jones treasure hunts of golden ages past is currently being filmed in New Haven, Connecticut, with an emphasis on the Yale campus, and particularly its main library, Sterling.Â Â Â This time the era is 1957 — the make of the one of the greatest cars ever made, the the 1957 Chevrolet. Â Yale has stood in for Marshall College, if I recall correctly, in the previous films.Â
John Crowly, elsewhere, posted aÂ photo of himself walking past a circa 1957Â New Haven Woolworths.
Â [ Lavish preparations were under way to build a ramp outside Sterling and an 80-foot-long tunnel inside. The tunnel will protect books and other materials in the building from fumes once the motorcycle enters. It needs 80 feet just to brake.
All week, spectators were able to play spot the fake because of the steps the filmmakers had taken to ensure that real landmarks were not damaged. For instance, the wrought iron entryway known as the Vanderbilt Gate was quietly replaced with one made from balsa wood and plastic foam swimming noodles.
Doug McDermott, a plumber for Yale who was eyeing the bevy of vintage cars parked on College Street on Thursday, seemed unworried. â€œThey canâ€™t do any more damage than the students do,â€ he said. Besides, he said, if they do, â€œit keeps us busy.â€ ]