Oldest Building on Campus at Northwestern
Please CLICK to see the PANORAMIC photo
The high-Victorian Gothic building is the University Hall building on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston. It is the oldest building on campus and was completed in 1869 and is made of Joliet limestone.
It is located at:
1897 Sheridan Road
Today it is where the English department is housed along with American Studies, Asian American Studies, and International Studies, but it originally housed a museum, a library, a chapel, classrooms and meeting rooms.
The class of 1879 gave a gift to the university in the form of a clock for University Hall's highest tower. Then in 1880, the class gift was the bells for the tower.
I found University Hall to be one of the most attractive of the places I saw on my tour of Northwestern University. While we were viewing The Rock, I turned around and saw this lovely limestone building and decided to snap a photograph. I decided to use panoramic setting to take in the entire tower. It is not the only tower, but it was the one nearest me.
I later discovered that inside University Hall there is a webcam focused on The Rock.
Northwestern University sports
Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston, is the smallest university in the Big Ten athletic conference, and is also the school with the highest academic standards (although some Michigan alumni may argue that claim). As a result, it is often in the bottom half of the league standings in football and basketball. However, Northwestern has strong programs in a number of the less visible sports, such as soccer, golf, softball, swimming, and field hockey.
Northwestern's team nickname is the Wildcats and its mascot is Willie the Wildcat. The university's official color is purple, and its teams wear uniforms that are purple and white.
Formerly Known As Ridgeville
A little Evanston history......
The region we know today as the North Shore was once home to the Potawatami Indians. Villages were situated along the forested shores of Lake Michigan, where abundant game and easy access to the lake supported a lifestyle of hunting and fur-trading. Traces of these Native American villages have been found in Evanston on the site of present-day St. Francis Hospital and at Dempster St. by the lake.
The first known European visitors were French voyageurs, who referred to the area as 'Grosse Pointe,' after the large point of land now marked by the Grosse Point Lighthouse. The first permanent settler of Grosse Pointe was Major Edward H. Mulford, a jewelry dealer from New York. In 1836, Mulford bought 160 acres and improved the land with the Ten-Mile House, a house and tavern which held the territory's first post office and the first court of Cook County.
In 1850 Grosse Pointe was renamed Ridgeville, and this loose conglomeration of land increased its population to 441.
On May 31, 1850, nine devout Methodists gathered with a common vision: to found a university which would be a haven for 'sanctified learning' in the West. They chose a spot just south of Grosse Pointe, and in 1855 Northwestern University opened its doors. The founders, including John Evans, Orrington Lunt, and Andrew Brown, hoped their university would attain high standards of intellectual excellence. Northwestern's founders had a vision not only for a university, but also for the surrounding town of Ridgeville. In 1854 Brown and Evans submitted a plat to the county judge for a new community: plans that included laying out wider streets, adding parks, and renaming the town 'Evanston,' in honor of John Evans which happened on February 15, 1857.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Evanston earned a new nickname as 'the city of homes' because of the many beautiful and architecturally distinguished houses built by affluent residents, many of whom were moving from the congested neighborhoods of Chicago.
Walk, jog or ski
Evanston residents - and visitors- enjoy the open vistas along our Lake Michigan shore. In the summer this stretch along Centennial Park is a favorite spot to jog. Bright winter days attract cross country skiers.
Canoeing the Chicago River -North Shore Channel
The Evanston Ecology Center and Ladd Arboretum is a coalition dedicated to promoting conservation in the North Shore. They maintain the extensive green parkway along the North Branch of the Chicago River. This area is easily accessible from all parts of Evanston and provides paths for jogging and biking.
In spring and fall naturalists from the Ecology Center offer basic instruction in canoeing and guide canoe tours of the North Shore Channel, pointing out the flora and fauna of the region.
Experienced canoe and kayak boaters can launch their own equipment farther downriver, at the Skokie Channelside Park (Oakton, 1/2 block east of McCormick Blvd. 847-414-5883).