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