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Through the Arch

Through the Arch: An Illustrated Guide to the University of Georgia Campus

Larry B. Dendy
Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 224
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    Through the Arch
    Book Description:

    Through the Arch captures UGA's colorful past, dynamic present, and promising future in a novel way: by surveying its buildings, structures, and spaces. These physical features are the university's most visible-and some of its most valuable-resources. Yet they are largely overlooked, or treated only passingly, in histories and standard publications about UGA. Through text and photographs, this book places buildings and spaces in the context of UGA's development over more than 225 years. After opening with a brief historical overview of the university, the book profiles over 140 buildings, landmarks, and spaces, their history, appearance, and past and current usage, as well as their namesake, beginning with the oldest structures on North Campus and progressing to the newest facilities on South and East Campus and the emerging Northwest Quadrant. Many profiles are supplemented with sidebars relating traditions, lore, facts, or alumni recollections associated with buildings and spaces. More than just landmarks or static elements of infrastructure, buildings and spaces embody the university's values, cultural heritage, and educational purpose. These facilities-many more than a century old-are where students learn, explore, and grow and where faculty teach, research, and create. They harbor the university's history and traditions, protect its treasures, and hold memories for alumni. The repository for books, documents, artifacts, and tools that contain and convey much of the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of human existence, these structures are the legacy of generations. And they are tangible symbols of UGA's commitment to improve our world through education. Guide includes 113 color photos throughout 19 black-and-white historical photos Over 140 profiles of buildings, landmarks, and spaces Supplemental sidebars with traditions, lore, facts, and alumni anecdotes 6 maps

    eISBN: 978-0-8203-4506-2
    Subjects: Education, History, Architecture and Architectural History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
    (pp. ix-xi)
    F. N. BONEY

    Chartered in 1785 and first holding classes in 1801, the University of Georgia has been around for a long time by U.S. standards. Though chartered as the nation’s first public institution of higher education, for a century the school operated instead as a small, all-white, all-male, church-related, private liberal arts college that resembled its nearby rivals, Mercer, Emory, and Oglethorpe. With only one hundred students at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 and barely three hundred at the end of that century forty years later, it was one of the nation’s handful of real colleges, educating a very...

    (pp. xiii-xvii)
  5. CHAPTER 1 Brief History
    (pp. 1-19)

    “As it is the distinguishing happiness of free governments that civil Order should be the Result of choice and not necessity, and the common wishes of the People become the Laws of the Land, their public prosperity and even existence very much depends upon suitably forming the minds and morals of their Citizens.”

    Those words, penned in the late eighteenth century by Abraham Baldwin, set the stage for one of the most transformative innovations in the history of the United States. The words are the first sentence of the University of Georgia Charter—the document that laid the foundation for...

  6. CHAPTER 2 North Campus
    (pp. 21-65)

    The traditional boundaries of North Campus are Broad Street on the north, Jackson Street on the east, Baldwin Street on the south, and Lumpkin Street on the west.

    Of the 633 acres that John Milledge bought from Daniel Easley as the site of the university, only 37 were set aside for the campus. The rest was to be rented or sold to provide income for the fledgling school. Those 37 acres contain most of North Campus, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the most historically significant spots in Georgia.

    North Campus is where...

  7. CHAPTER 3 Central Campus
    (pp. 67-83)

    Central campus is bounded by Baldwin Street on the north, East Campus Road on the east, Field Street on the south, and Lumpkin Street on the west.

    Tucked between the larger North and South Campuses, the compact Central Campus historically has been the home of student activities at uga. The site of the first major athletic venues and the first nonacademic building for students, this is where generations of students have gathered to socialize, eat, and play, and more recently to study. Fittingly dominated by spacious buildings designed to enhance the quality of the student experience, Central Campus is perpetually...

  8. CHAPTER 4 South Campus
    (pp. 85-125)

    South campus is bounded on the north by Field Street, on the east by East Campus Road, on the west by Lumpkin Street, and on the south by Pinecrest Drive.

    Opened early in the twentieth century as the home of the university’s agricultural programs, South Campus is the largest of the five campus sectors, stretching more than a mile from north to south. The area nicknamed “Ag Hill” is still home to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, but also harbors world-class science and research facilities and is headquarters for uga’s far-flung public service and outreach enterprise. With a...

  9. CHAPTER 5 East Campus
    (pp. 127-141)

    East campus is bounded by East Campus Road on the west, College Station Road on the South, the Athens Perimeter / Loop 10 on the east, and River Road on the north.

    After completing a tour of campus on July 1, 1987, his first day as the university’s twentieth president, Charles Knapp knew what one of his top priorities would be. Knapp had been particularly appalled by the sad condition of the Fine Arts Building, then home of the Music and Drama Departments, and Stegeman Hall, the main student recreation facility. “I came out of those tours saying, ‘Those facilities...

  10. CHAPTER 6 Off Campus
    (pp. 143-165)

    In addition to the 759 acres of the main campus, the university owns several thousand additional acres in Clarke and neighboring Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison, and Jackson Counties. Much of this is farmland and forestland used for teaching and research in agriculture, animal science, forestry, ecology, and veterinary medicine. Additionally, uga owns some thirty-three thousand acres in other locations, ranging from the North Georgia mountains to the Atlantic Coast. Most of this property is also for research and education in science-related areas, though it includes several 4-h centers, an Indian mound complex in Stewart County, a bamboo farm in Chatham County,...

  11. CHAPTER 7 Athletic Facilities
    (pp. 167-190)

    A bright sun warms the chill off a crisp October afternoon. In Sanford Stadium, ninety-three thousand people—most dressed in red—enjoy the Redcoat Band’s spirited pregame show. A hush falls over the crowd as a lone trumpeter in the southwest corner of the upper deck sends the soulful opening notes of “The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” wafting over the stadium. Fans erupt in an ear-splitting roar as Larry Munson recalls the heroics of gridiron stars whose feats flash across the giant end-zone screen. A few moments later, all those whose blood runs red and black are on...

    (pp. 191-192)
    (pp. 193-194)
  14. INDEX
    (pp. 195-203)
  15. Back Matter
    (pp. 204-204)