Astute commenter effegee noted this about yesterday’s aerial photo: The period of the earlier picture must have been an extraordinary one with so much changing all at once. The 1998-2002 building boom was challenging but I think the level of stress it created was probably small compared to the late 50′s.
I think this is absolutely true. The scope of the change was simply immense and it took place in the context of a campus that had seen almost no significant physical change from the mid-1920s until the end of the 1940s. Just by happenstance yesterday afternoon I was going through some old scrapbooks full of newspaper clippings–I didn’t find what I was hoping for, by the way–and I ran across this article about all the activity on campus. Note the date: July 14, 1957, almost exactly 56 years ago. Also note that the construction of the Biology Building is much farther along than in yesterday’s aerial. Sorry about the bad scan job; I was in a huge hurry.
Bonus: I think this must be science.