Friday, June 29, 2012

Dude, where's my school?!

These are perhaps two of my favorite photographs that I have come across. They are photos that document how close the quarrying actually came to the original Baldwin University Campus.

Baldwin University photo 1
In the first photo you can see Hulet Hall directly in the center and the old Methodist church to the left. Directly to the right of Hulet is Ladies Hall—relocated in the 1900s to become Carnegie Science Hall and now a part of Malicky Center. Then to the far right are North and South Halls.

Baldwin University photo 2
The second photograph depics the severity of the quarrying. This is the reason why there are no physical remnants of Baldwin University in the Metroparks, due to the depth of the digging and excavating. To the far left, you can see the tower of Hulet Hall and to the right is Baldwin Hall.

As the quarrying crept closer to the campus, there had been disagreements between Baldwin University and the Cleveland Stone Company as to the fate of the land. Eventually the Cleveland Stone Company agreed to pay Baldwin University for the land and gave them several years to move to the present day North Campus. It is interesting to think that the business that made John Baldwin wealthy and allowed him to create BU, also resulted in the destruction of campus.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Who Am I?!

One problem that comes with processing chaotic collections of photographs is identification. The provenance of many pictures is lost. What you end up with are photos that have neat images and can be identified as Berea pictures, but missing context.

I have included three cabinet cards that have no identification. Cabinet cards were popular between the late 1860s to 1890s. The images depict three interesting individuals, but how they relate to BW might possible remain a mystery forever. Because of the missing information, it begs the question, "Who am I?"

Un-Identified Woman

Cabinet Cards often have detailed backs. Information
about the photographer and where the picture
was taken can be gathered from the back of
the photo.

An un-identified man with a nice jacket, hat, and
a beautiful mustache.

A.C. Falor was a popular photographer in Berea, Ohio.

An un-identified military man.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Carnegie Science Hall

Do you know where Carnegie Hall is located? Maybe if I said Malicky Center. Carnegie Hall and Philura Gould Baldwin Library were joined together a little over a decade ago to create the Malicky Center.
Carnegie Hall has had quite an interesting history dating back to the 1800s. Originally the building was used as a boarding hall and was located near the first Baldwin University Campus (present day metro parks.) The building itself was constructed on present day South Rocky River Road.
Ladies Hall, as it was formerly known, had a front porch before it was relocated.
Photo Circa 1888
Carnegie Hall Photo File 01.7.1 Baldwin Wallace Archive

The 1874-75 Baldwin University Directory mentions the building, known as Ladies Hall and describes it as follows: “An elegant and commodious Boarding Hall for ladies is in process of erection. This building, which is to consist of a basement of stone, already erected, and two additional stories of brick, will be pushed forward to completion as rappidly(sic) as the collection of the subscriptions will justify.”
When the building was complete, it featured a unique front porch. Under the porch were steps that went to the basement.

The big news came in 1888 when Baldwin University finally sold the University’s land to the Cleveland Stone Company. The quarrying had encroached to a point where it was not viable to stay at that location. The news was included in the 1888 Baldwin University Directory:
“Within the past year this campus was sold to the Cleveland Stone Company, along with some other college quarry land, for the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, and this amount was added to the permanent endowment fund of the University. But the University does not give possession of the campus until the expiration of five years from the date of the sale.
Within this period a new campus of from twenty-five to fifty acres in extent will be selected and new building erected
Ladies’ Hall, the finest building owned by the University, is not located upon the campus and was not included in this sale of property.”

Obviously when the campus moved to the current location (North Campus), Ladies Hall was in an inconvenient location.

Luckily for Baldwin University, Steel Tycoon and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated money for a science hall to be built on campus. The decision was made to move Ladies Hall to North Campus and turn it into a Science Hall. As the legend goes, John Baldwin Jr. (John Baldwin’s son) supervised the relocation of the hall and numbered each stone so that the building could be reassembled exactly as it stood. The only casualty of the move was the front porch.
Science Lab in Carnegie Science Hall
Carnegie Hall Interior Photo File 01.7.3
Baldwin Wallace Archive

The 1905-06 Baldwin University Directory now referred to the newly named hall:
“The Carnegie Hall of Science is just being completed. It is a commodious hall and will contain ample room for the best of science work. The first floor contains a large lecture room, and large well-lighted chemical and physical laboratories.

The chemical laboratory occupies the entire north end and the physical laboratory the entire south end of this floor. The second floor will contain recitation rooms for mathematics and biology, the biological laboratory and a museum. One room of the basement is to be used as a nature study laboratory.

Science Lab in Carnegie Science Hall
Carnegie Hall Interior Photo File 01.7.3
Baldwin Wallace Archive
The building is provided with electric lights and is heated by steam. Ample provision is made for the ventilation of the chemical laboratory.”

By the time of completion, the 1907-08 Baldwin University Directory described the building:
“The Carnegie Science Hall, the gift of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, is a three-story stone structure, containing laboratories and recitation rooms for scientific work. Every modern convenience is to be found in this building. The chemical Laboratory occupies the north end and the Physical Laboratory the south end of the first floor. Between these two and connecting with them is a lecture room capable of seating one hundred students. This room is equipped for class demonstrations."

Carnegie situated near Bagley Road. On the left is the
 platform that contains the large piece of sandstone.
Carnegie Hall  Photo File 01.7.2
Baldwin Wallace Archive
An interesting aspect of the hall concerns the platform that is located on Carnegie’s west side. The platform is said to contain  “largest piece of prepared stone in the state, weighs ten tons, is 14’ long by 10’ broad and 9” thick. It was quarried in Berea and required specially made trucks to haul it to its place.”

Friday, June 8, 2012

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall to the left. Notice the Student Activity Center
 with the old pool on the right.
I finally had a chance to visit the new Durst Welcome Center. As I strolled through the building, I couldn’t help thinking about the land where the new Durst Welcome Center sits. After all, the three buildings that compose the area, Strosacker, Carmel, and the Durst Welcome Center are all newer buildings in the history of Baldwin Wallace.

I decided to do some research and came across these two pictures that highlight the area. Before the student union was built in 1963, there was Centennial Hall. The hall was originally located in Willow Run, Michigan. However, with the large numbers of men returning to campus after World War II, BW needed to accommodate for the larger than normal enrollment. The administration decided to have the hall shipped from Michigan. Centennial Hall was always a work in progress.

 The Exponent (September 28, 1948) stated: “Redecorations and remodeling in Centennial Hall have put the GI Dorm back in shape for the New Year. Repairs and a new paint job in all the wings and a remodeled lounge will brighten the building.”
The end of the hall was spelled out in the October 4, 1962 Exponent. It read, “Union Nears Reality As Site is Selected. On the basis of the questionnaire survey taken last year and campus expansion, a site for the College Union has been selected. The structure will be erected on the present site of Centennial Hall and in the area to the west along Grand Street.”

However, Centennial Hall didn’t go down without a fight! The January 10, 1964 Exponent read: “Old Centennial Hall is destroyed as work begins on B-W New College Union. The wrecking crew encountered some difficulties when they broke into the reinforced concrete basement walls.”

Next time you walk over to the Strosacker Student Union or the Durst Welcome Center, perhaps you will think about ole' Centennial Hall.