Update: The first time I got interested in the 1926 Math Department photo (five years ago!) I found myself perplexed about the location of the group and had to go out to look for it. It was changed from the time of the photo and now it’s changed again from what it looked like five years ago. I’ll put the new pictures down at the end.
Let’s look at this photo one more time:
After I got over the shock of Miss Hickey, the second thing I noticed was — where are they? I just couldn’t quite place it.
Luckily there were only a small number of buildings in 1926. At first I thought it might be a part of Chemistry that was remodeled but the bricks weren’t right. So I just walked outside and started looking. Ten minutes later I had it:
That’s a wheelchair lift, by the way:
The reason I couldn’t identify it right away is that there seem to be precisely zero pictures of this spot in the Woodson. Aside from the apparently compelling need people have to photograph the front (and only the front) of buildings, this is in a weird little notch that lacks some of the charisma of the rest of the Physics Building.
This is the closest I could get. If you could see through H.A. Wilson’s little building it would be right there:
And here you can see it on the Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson drawing, just to the right of the “Print within red line” notation:
Update: The wheelchair lift is gone.
And this ramp has replaced it, apparently with Divine approval: