A couple weeks ago one of my colleagues in the Woodson was using the Teas Nursery Collection and found this very old picture of the Italian cypresses nicely accessorized with those pots that used to inhabit the quad area. It’s bit scraggly but an interesting look:
There were more shots of the campus in the file and one of them immediately grabbed my attention. Here ladies and gentlemen is an image of Gate Number 2, the least loved and by far the least photographed of all the early gates. (Gate Number 3 was the heavily used dormitory gate and the main gate was, well, the main gate.) I did a pretty thorough search and couldn’t find another picture of it anywhere.
It’s a view so rare that it took me a moment to understand what it was. Notice that pyramid shaped blob behind the man? It’s a very big shrub, seen here in another shot, this one taken on the day of General Pershing’s visit in 1920:
When I saw the shrub again in the Teas photo my unthinking reaction was that we were looking at it through the main gate. On only an instant’s reflection it’s clear that this is impossible–the Administration Building is missing.
I’d been meaning to go out to the front of campus for other reasons so I grabbed my camera and headed over there just to make sure I had this right. I did. Here’s the same angle today:
I noticed some other interesting things while I was wandering around out there, which I will get to directly.