The Great Crater of 1927?

As many University of Maryland alums know all too well, the great fire of 1912 that destroyed the campus’ main administration and barracks threatened the future of the then-named Maryland Agricultural College.  Yet the college responded quickly, building a new dormitory, Calvert Hall, that celebrated its centennial in 2014.  But did you know that the barracks remained in more than spirit for many more years?

In a recent review of the earliest alumni newsletter, the June 1927 Alumni Log, we discovered this intriguing statement:

Alumni Log, June 1927.  Full issue available online at https://archive.org/details/alumnilog01univ.
Alumni Log, June 1927. Full issue available online at https://archive.org/details/alumnilog01univ.

According to the above statement, remnants of the barracks remained for a full fifteen years after the fire.  To verify the statement, we then reviewed aerial photos in the Archives from 1926 and 1927, and we found the “hole” in question:

Aerial of University of Maryland campus, 1927.  The remnants of the barracks are within the red outlined area.
Aerial of University of Maryland campus, 1927. The remnants of the barracks are within the red outlined area. To view the original image, visit our digital image site at http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1870.

Apparently it’s always taken a long time to get things done at Maryland.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s