April 22nd, 2018
For our final From the Archives photo this semester, we look way, way back to the Archives’ oldest photo of campus. Where is this? Can you identify any of the buildings? When would this have been taken? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday to learn the details about this photo.
This early view of Purdue was captured in 1876, only two years after Purdue first offered classes.
The buildings are, from left to right:
Just visible in the middle of the picture is the construction site that would become University Hall, which opened the following year. University Hall became the oldest building still standing on campus when Purdue Hall was demolished in 1960.
Many photos of campus were taken from this exact angle over the years, but this is the only one that does not yet have University Hall in the center.
Purdue in 1891
Purdue in 2005
Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this series of mystery photos. We will have many more exciting highlights from the Archives to share during Purdue’s sesquicentennial celebrations beginning this fall!Filed under: general, SPEC if(!is_single()) echo "|"; ?>