Everitt Photographs of University of Washington architecture, between 1927 and 1935  PDF

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Everitt Photographs of University of Washington architecture
between 1927 and 1935 (inclusive)
10 photographic prints (1 box) : hand-colored
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Hand-colored photographs of buildings on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, taken ca. 1927-1935 by Everitt
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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The collection consists of 10 black-and-white photographs, 8 are hand-colored, of University of Washington architecture made by a photographer identified as "Everitt." The photographs were taken between 1927 and 1935, a period of great expansion for the university. Many new buildings were constructed during this time to make room for a student population that was rapidly outgrowing the old buildings, some of which were "temporary" structures remaining from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. The new buildings, including Suzzallo Library, are depicted in this collection as establishing a new campus design based on the primacy of the educational quadrangle.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Henry Suzzallo Memorial Library between 1927 and 1935
1 2-3  Henry Suzzallo Memorial Library
Item 3 is not colored.
Suzzallo Library in foreground, former library and Washington State Museum building, built 1907, in background.
between 1927 and 1935
2 4  Columns at the Sylvan Theater
The columns were part of the original University of Washington campus in downtown Seattle. A low, stone stairway vanishing into the trees leads to the Sylvan Theater, the site of early-day graduation ceremonies. This now tree-enclosed hideaway is a grassy stage set with the four white columns that once graced the front stoop of the original university building. In 1908, when the original structure was about to be razed, Edmond S. Meany (head of the History Department and one of the university's first graduates) sought to save the old building by having it moved to the new campus. Eventually, the hand-fluted cedar columns were preserved and erected at the new site by the Class of 1911. Sentimental Edmond Meany and his colleague Dean Herbert T. Condon dubbed the Ionic pillars "Loyalty," "Industry," "Faith," and "Efficiency," the first letters spelling "LIFE." As life would have it, "Loyalty" sustained three fractures when it blew down in February 1930. Later that year "Efficiency" toppled in high winds but was not damaged. The columns are now supported by steel angle arms set in concrete. History buffs may be disillusioned to know that the scrolls atop the 24-foot columns are fiberglass, molded in 1958 from the original hand-carved pine scrolls, by then cracked and weathered beyond repair.
between 1927 and 1935
2 5  Condon Hall
Condon Hall is now known as Gowen Hall.
between 1927 and 1935
2 6  Philosophy and Commerce Halls
Philosophy Hall is now known as Savery Hall.
between 1927 and 1935
2 7  Physics Hall
Physics Hall is now known as Mary Gates Hall.
between 1927 and 1935
2 8  Condon Hall, Philosophy Hall, and Suzzallo Library
Condon Hall is now known as Gowen Hall. Philosophy Hall is now known as Savery Hall.
between 1927 and 1935
2 9  Women's Gymnasium
The Women's Gymnasium is now known as Hutchinson Hall.
between 1927 and 1935
2 10  Denny Hall
Denny Hall is the oldest, and was originally the only, building on campus. It contained laboratories, a teaching museum for natural sciences, classrooms, 10 recital halls, faculty and regents rooms, the president's office, and a 736 seat assembly hall. The building, designed in the French Renaissance style with round turrets and candle-snuffer roofs, was built of Tenino sandstone and pressed brick. Students and faculty used it for the first time in September 1895. It was named for Arthur Denny, the pioneer who donated 8 2/3 acres of the University's original 10-acre downtown tract. Denny Hall is now home to the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Germanics, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Crowning Denny Hall is the belfry containing "Varsity Bell," which was brought around the Horn of South America in the winter of 1861-62 for installation in the original Territorial University building. In its years at the downtown site the bell pealed for weddings, tolled for funerals, guided ships to safe harbor in foggy weather, warned of the anti-Chinese riots of 1886, and signaled the start of the great Seattle fire of 1889. Today, it is rung only at Homecoming.This item is not colored.
between 1927 and 1935

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Denny Hall (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Suzzallo Library (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • University of Washington--Buildings--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs