I’m still working through all the slides I looked at last week. There’s a lot to think about. I found pictures of not one, but two ROTC buildings, Navy and Army, both taken in 1952.
This first one is the Army building. It’s nice, simple and utilitarian.
And here’s the Navy building. For some reason they felt the need to display large weaponry. (I’m not judging, though.)
But where were they? I thought that the Army building must be the red-roofed one behind the Mech Lab in this 1952 picture taken from the top of the stadium, but I wasn’t certain so I didn’t mention it. Today, though, I was looking for a picture of Hamman Hall when I came across this construction shot from 1957. Enlarge it and you can, in fact, clearly see the building directly behind the Mech Lab annex. I’m pretty sure the Navy building is just to the right, but you can only get a glimpse of it in between the trees.
I tried to find a picture of the rear of either the Mech Lab or Ryon Lab to see if I could get a better view of the Navy building–but I could not find a single photo taken at any time of the back of either building. I find that quite sad.
Bonus picture: Here’s another construction photo of Hamman Hall, obviously farther along in the process. Zoom in on it and you’ll see a big barn-like structure beginning to rise out of the trees behind it. What is that? First Christian Church?