The cruise through Iowa State University’s campus (ISU) a few weeks ago yielded more photos than I could stuff into one post. I think I saved some good ones for today. Like a good roast or chicken dinner, anything that’s left over after today can be added to Thursday Door Soup, sometime in the future when Mother Nature or some flu-like malady keeps me inside for too long.
Many of the pictures in today’s gallery came after I asked about a relatively small building behind Morell Hall. My brother had pulled into a parking space when I spied this little structure. He informed me that it’s called “The Hub” – According to ISU’s Facilities Planning and Management page:
“The Hub was built in 1892. It was originally a bookstore, post office and waiting room for the Ames College Railway. When the railway was discontinued in 1908, the Hub was moved from its original location, which was in front of Marston Hall, to its current location just west of Morrill Hall. In 1920 an addition to the north side of the structure was built for the bookstore and post office since the building no longer served as a depot.
A 20 x 60 foot Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) building from the College Farm Service area was added on to the north end of the Hub and another addition in 1952 was added to the east side of the north end of the previous addition. Although the bookstore moved to the Memorial Union in 1958, the Hub continued to serve as a post office until 1963. The Hub also served as a ticket office for campus functions until 1964. In 1967 a copy center was added. In 1970 the university traffic office occupied the north section of the building and still does today.”
You have to admire the spirit of this little building. 1892 to 1908 is a span of 16 years. I know of buildings that have been torn down in less time, and I can’t imagine anyone moving a building today that was built in 2000. This building has been expanded three times, and is still slightly under 6,000 sq ft. I don’t know anyone who owns one, but there are houses in Connecticut that are larger than that. Those houses didn’t get that way through addition, they got there because someone knocked down what was there and built something new.
The Ames College Railway was also known as “The Dinky” – a small steam engine drawn train that ran between downtown Ames and campus. The Dinkey delivered mail to the post office inside the Hub. It also carried building materials used in constructing other campus buildings and, according to an ISU History website:
“…brought loads of boxes and scrap wood for the victory
bonfires held after sporting events.”
Good job Dinky!
When I walked around to get a better picture of the door to the Hub, I noticed that I was standing in a kind of “quad” area. Doors, doors and ooh, another door. Across from where we were parked was Marston Hall. This building was completed in 1903 for the school of Engineering. The water tower that was featured in the One-Liner Wednesday post (prior to the first set of ISU doors) is directly in front of this building (other side from the photos today). That water tower was designed by Anson Martson in 1897. It was the first free-standing water tower west of the Mississippi.
Across from The Hub is the side doors of Beardshear Hall. This was (is?) a central administration building. Construction began in 1902 after a second fire in two years totally destroyed the “Old Main” building. As a consequence of the fires, Beardshear Hall is almost entirely constructed from fireproof material (stone). There are also some photos of the main entrance in the gallery. Across the street from this area of campus is Curtiss Hall – the building behind the flag pole I included in that Wednesday post. The interesting thing about Curtiss Hall is that it was completed in 1909 but couldn’t be occupied until 1912. The original contractor had gone bankrupt, and the building was finished by the bonding company. After the building was completed, the accountants went to work to figure out who owed whom how much – ain’t that always the way?
Click on any photo in the gallery to begin a slide show of larger images.
Thursday Doors is the weekly doorstravagansa brought to through the hard work of Norm Frampton. You should pop on over to Norm’s site, see his doors and look for the blue frog. Click that to get to the page with all the other doors and for the opportunity to add your own doors. Don’t stress, you have until noon Saturday to add your door.