The instant I first got to the top of O’Connor I knew I was going to post this. You might remember that a while ago I put up a batch of photos taken by David Davidson ’58 from atop a radio antenna located in one of the notches in Abercrombie that existed before the wings were filled in. Davidson stood up there and took pictures pretty much all the way around campus and towards downtown and as I stood on the fifth floor deck I realized that I could do the same. The angle isn’t identical, and some shots are impossible to replicate because there are now other things in the way. For a couple of them I had to get all the way up on the roof to even get close. But even so the transformation of our space, which seems so slow in the day to day, is revealed to be dramatic.
Here are a few comparison shots, with a few more to follow later. First, the engineering quad:
Towards the stadium:
Towards Fondren and the Med Center:
Question: Can anyone tell me what if anything is the purpose of the octagonal structure on top of Mudd Lab (see 2023 image of the engineering quad)?