Campus Construction: Then and Now Fall 2018

Construction teams were hard at work on campus this summer, and those of you returning to Danforth this semester will have already noticed that several new structures have popped up on campus in the East End. To celebrate this progress, we thought it was about time for another installment of our “Then and Now” segment highlighting campus construction throughout the last century with historic photos from the Washington University Photographic Services Collection.

Brookings Construction c. 1900. Photo from Washington University Photographic Services Collection.

Photo of the East End construction from the former location of the Forsyth/Hoyt intersection, May 25, 2018. Photo by James Gardner, Art and Architecture Library Associate.

When Brookings was constructed over a century ago, horses, not trucks, were used to haul materials onto the construction site. The two photos above illustrate the drastic changes in technology that have accompanied construction projects over the years. In the top photo, horses are used to move building materials on the site of the Brookings construction, while in the bottom a truck drives up the ramp of the new underground parking lot, surrounded by tall cranes. The nearly completed building in the back of the photo will be Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall, while the scaffolding on the right shows an earlier stage of the construction of the new Anabeth and John Weil Hall from earlier this summer. Below, the construction of Busch Hall in 1900 is compared to the current construction of the new Anabeth and John Weil Hall and the Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center.

Builders constructing Busch Hall, Oct 6, 1900.Photo from Washington University Photographic Services Collection.

Builders on the scaffolding of the new Anabeth and John Weil Hall and the Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center, September 11, 2018. View from Hillman Hall. Photo by James Gardner, Art and Architecture Library Associate.

For more information on the current construction projects, please see Campus Next.

If would like to see more historic photos of campus, check out our previous blog posts on the East End transformation from last Fall and Spring semesters and our posts on the library renovations and history of Olin Library. You are also welcome to stop by the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Monday – Friday,  from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and explore these images for yourself. We will also have more of these “Then and Now” posts here on our blog as construction continues, so stay tuned!

About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.