University of Oregon’s Chapman Hall

Chapman Hall sits on the Memorial Quad on the University of Oregon grounds. This places it near to restaurants and cafes on 13th avenue. It also sits in one of the oldest parts of the university’s grounds.

Activities in the Area

13th Avenue is a short walk from Chapman Hall. It has many restaurants, cafes and stores. Local favorites are:

  • Cafe Roma for coffee and pastries.
  • Taylor’s for hamburgers and beer.
  • The Duck Store for all your University of Oregon swag.

The memorial quad also has important landmarks on it. The Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum has a world class collection and changing exhibits. The Knight Library offers a quite space. Memorials for students and graduating classes.

Chapman Hall History

Chapman Hall was completed in 1939. It sits where the university’s first sports field was located. The sports field was removed in 1921 to make way for the Memorial Quad.

The building originally housed the Department of Home Economics and the university book store. In 1961 the Honors College moved into the building. The Honors College has been in Chapman Hall ever since. The bookstore moved to its current space a block west in 1966.

Chapman Hall Style

Chapman Hall is made in a Mediterranean style by Ellis F. Lawrence. It uses bricks and terra cotta tiles laid in geometric forms on its wide facade. It also has large arched windows and doors.

The Mediterranean style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s in the United States. This style was made from many other styles such as Renaissance and Beaux-Arts architecture. Ellis F. Lawrence used this style in the many buildings he designed on the Memorial Quad.

This can be seen in Chapman Hall’s sister buildings at the north end of the quad. The style was also used for the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum and the library. Chapman Hall was the last building Lawrence designed for the Memorial Quad.

Waterfall at the VanDusen Botanical Garden

The VanDusen Botanical Garden is in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is on part of an old golf course. It opened to the public in 1975.

Activities at VanDusen Botanical Garden

It makes for a good place to walk. It has miles of paths though the collections of plants and objects. The garden also has a restaurant and cafe.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Collection

The garden covers 55 acres (22 hectors). It has plants from all over the world. The most important collection is the garden’s rhododendrons. They have almost 1000 types of rhododendron.

The garden also has many things from all over the world. There are totem poles from the local Musqueam peoples. The garden also has a hedge maze, a Korean pavilion and sculptures.

University of Oregon’s Villard Hall

Villard Hall was the second building opened on the University of Oregon grounds. It opened in 1886. In 1949, the University Theater addition was made to Villard Hall. The hall became the home for the Theater Department.

Villard Hall was made in the Second Empire style that was common at the time. This architectural style developed during the Second French Empire. It lasted as an important style through the late 1800s.

Today Villard Hall is on a quite edge of the University of Oregon grounds. Theater pupils practice on the grass outside. The rest of the building is surrounded by trees.

Tugboat Construction in Fremont

In this view we see a tugboat being made in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The hull is half done with the front half in progress. Behind the boat is Salmon Bay where it would be launched.

Today Seattle is noted for big tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft. Seattle started as a harbor though. This supports the shipping of goods on the Pacific rim and to the rest of the world.

Beatty Biodiversity Museum Whale Skeleton

The Beatty Biodiversity Museum is on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. The museum houses the university’s collection of biological samples. This ranges from pressed plants to fossils.

Their most striking sample is the blue whale skeleton in the lobby though. The skeleton is 85 feet (26 meters) long. The whale died of natural causes and washed up on the shore of Prince Edward Island in 1987.

West Seattle High School

A combined grammar and secondary school had been in West Seattle since 1902. West Seattle High School opened in 1917 to provide a fixed home for the secondary school though.

West Seattle High School is in a Neo-renaissance building. It is decorated with geometric designs and has a terracotta roof. This sort of design is unique for Seattle schools.

The school has graduated a number of local figures:

  • Dow Constantine is the county commissioner for King County. He graduated in 1980.
  • Jim Whittaker was part of the first group from the United States to journey to the top of Mt. Everest. He graduated in 1947.

University of British Columbia Main Mall

Taking a break from COVID-19 Walking Views, this week’s image shows the main mall at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The mall is lined with Red Oaks and has a view of the northern end of the Cascade Mountains.

Many TV shows have been produced on the main mall. Some famous shows produced on the main mall are Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and The Man in the High Castle.

The main mall hosts many important buildings. The primary public buildings and gardens on the main mall are:

  • The Beatty Biodiversity Museum,
  • Pacific Museum of the Earth,
  • Museum of Anthropology,
  • and the UBC Rose Garden.

The university’s main library and many colleges also sit on the mall.

COVID-19 Walking View: Oregon State Capitol Building

Painted this view of the Oregon State Capitol Building on a cloudy day. The weather this summer has been cooler than normal. This has caused summer to look like fall.

The Oregon State Capitol Building is made in an art deco style. Most state capitols copy the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The Oregon State Capitol Building was completed in 1938 though and shows the design customs of the time.