Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: U of I Gathering Places.
Let’s face it. Going off to college is more than just taking classes. College life means building friendships. Some of those friendships will last a lifetime, others will fade away. The nice thing about Facebook and other on-line tools is that, today, you can be-friend old friends, yet still do it from the safety of your own home!
Circa 1915 – Here’s a view looking east on Market Street picturing the original Mercy Hospital on the far left, and the original Iowa City High School in the middle, which in my day, became Central Jr. High School.
(P-0159) Back in my day, The Hawkeye Marching Bandwas for guys and The Scottish Highlanderswas for gals. But the times, they were a-changing. In my senior year (1972-1973), we had two young ladies join the HMB. Wow, did they get a lot of attention!
(P-0040) But, as the University continued to grow, Unity Hall proved to be inadequate. In December 1913 the Student Union was moved to the rooms above the Brunswick Bowling Parlor at 121-123 Iowa Avenue. In 1914, the Student Union moved, once again, to the larger St. James Hotelon the SE corner of Clinton St. & Iowa Ave. But, when fire destroyed the building on Good Friday – 1916, the University was forced to go back to Unity Hall, sharing it now with the School of Music.
Unity Hall (on the left) with School of Music sign over the door via the camera of Fred W. Kent.
(P-0164) (P-0162) Iowa Memorial Student Union Foot Bridge & Fountain – 1935.
Iowa Memorial Student Union and surrounding Fine Arts campus – circa 1968.
Robert Childress (1915–1983) was an American illustrator, perhaps best known for his work in the classic Dick and Jane books for children (1950’s). In the 1970’s, Childrenn created “The Great University ‘Portrait’ Series,” in which he produced three to four campus scenes from more than thirty colleges around the country. After traveling to each campus for photographs, he returned home to paint the scenes which he then marketed to members of alumni associations. These are the three prints Childress created for the University of Iowa: Old Capitol, Hospital Tower, President’s Home.