Friday, April 23, 2010

University of Oregon Campus circa 1895

Here is an earlier view of the U of O campus taken by Winter's studio in about 1895. This view is closer to campus and from a more northerly point than the prior image. This photograph can be dated to 1892-1895 as it shows the new gymnasium after it was completed in 1892 but before the ivy started growing up the walls as it did for many years. It also illustrates how the west side of Villard Hall once looked before the 1940's addition of the Robinson Theater. It is hard to believe that this small building was the only athletic facility the University had until 1908 when a new men's gym was built and this became the women's athletic building. Notice all the empty "countryside" surrounding the seemingly isolated campus and how small the now huge tree's are that shade the campus.

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