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.
This shot from the Archives has two women perched on the steps on the south side of Alumni Hall. They appear to be doing some stitching: maybe a costume for a play in the theater?
Three workers install plywood sheeting, a closer view of the task shown in the post from August 18.
Workers install plywood sheeting in the southernmost part of the ceiling of the central section of Alumni Hall — above what used to be the theatre stage in the early 20th century.