Foundation and Growth: Images of the University's Early Years

     
Old Main Building, constructed 1884 and demolished in 1935. cn09259   Old Main Building, constructed 1884 and demolished in 1935. CN 09259.

The Main Building (later referred to as the Old Main Building) dominated the University campus until it was demolished in 1935 to make way for the current Main Building. The west wing of Old Main was designed by F.E. Ruffini and completed in January 1884. The central section, designed by Burt McDonald, was completed in 1889 and the east wing, also designed by McDonald, was completed in 1899. The architectural style was Victorian Gothic and the structure contained classrooms, offices, a rotunda, and an auditorium.
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Classroom in Old Main, ca. 1895. CN 00409.

This scene of a classroom in Old Main around the turn of the century suggests the formal expectations that The University had regarding its student's attire – men wore coats and ties and women wore full skirts and hats.
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  Classroom in Old Main, ca. 1895. cn00409
     
Office of W.L. Prather, University President, 1899-1905. cn09380   Office of W.L. Prather, University President, 1899-1905. CN 09380.


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