View Across South Street

Knox Observatory, Old Main, Alumni Hall Across South Street

This shot from the Archives is taken from the vantage point of the Knox County Courthouse, across South Street. That building to the left behind Old Main is the Knox Observatory, which was built in 1889 and demolished around the time the Center for Fine Arts was built, as it obstructed the view from Old Main to the new, stylish building. Absent from the front of Old Main is the flagpole, which was added to commemorate students and alumni lost in World War I.

Cruising by the South Side

South View of Alumni Hall

This is a shot of the south side of Alumni Hall some time after 1960. The back side of Alumni Hall has a lot of green leafy landscaping, too, which is different from other shots of the building we’ve seen. Car buffs get bonus points and bragging rights if they can identify the make and model of the car in the foreground!

Alumni Hall Postcard

Alumni Hall 1893

If you were writing to friends back in 1893, you could’ve done so on the back of this postcard featuring a picture of Alumni Hall. How often do academic buildings get their own postcards today? This helps us understand just how interesting and exciting the Alumni Hall building was back when it was first constructed.

Under Construction: 1890 Edition

South Side of Alumni Hall Under Construction circa 1890

Much of this blog has been about current construction updates. Had it existed during the original construction of the building, this is what readers likely would’ve seen. This is a photo of the original construction of Alumni Hall, looking towards the south side. And to give you a sense of where this was taken, it appears that the photographer stood where Seymour Hall is now located.