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Pam Marlin
pam@dmarlin.com


The 1906 University of Florida Record predicted, "It may take a hundred years for the completion of these plans, but as the State grows…, the University will finally grow into a splendid and harmonious whole…."


As one who has a deep interest in history and is a long-term University of Florida employee, it was only natural for me to try to contrast in photos the UF of today with the UF of yesterday. The UF, Then & Now photo project presents a unique opportunity to bring the past and present together in a way that serves to remind us of UF's own heritage and the many who have gone before us as students, staff and educators at this fine institution.

Some of these photos presented quite a challenge. The University Auditorium, for example, has been added to extensively in the front and on both sides and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium/Florida Field has seen many additions since it was first built in 1930. My favorite photos are of Sledd Hall, which still has a 'Trunk Delivery' window where student's trunks were dropped off and placed on a dumb waiter to be lowered to the basement for storage, and the students exiting Florida Gym after a memorial service for John F. Kennedy, a historic moment in time. Overall, though interior renovations have occurred, most building exteriors have not changed.

The experience was quite rewarding and reminded me that the foundation of what has made this University a leading academic institution still exists in its people and buildings.

-Pam Marlin


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Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field

Then: A young boy sells soda at a Gator football game in 1960.

Now: A newer hedge, a larger stadium, and those attending games dress considerably different.



Anderson Hall

Then: Originally Language Hall, Anderson Hall stood across the open plaza from Science Hall when it was completed in 1913. In addition to classrooms and offices for the English, Language, History, and Mathematics Departments, the building also housed the offices of the President, the Registrar, and the Graduate School. It is named for Dr. James Nesbitt Anderson, first Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and of the Graduate School.

Now: Anderson Hall was renovated in 2003 and contains mostly classrooms and offices.



Newell Hall

Then: Dr. John Tigert, President of UF, stands in front of Newell Hall in 1944. Newell Hall was built in 1910 and was originally called the Agricultural Administration Station. The building was named for Wilmon Newell, Director of the Station from 1921 to 1943. Built as the Florida Experiment Station, Newell Hall represented the close link between the academic mission of the land-grant university and practical agricultural services to the growers and farmers of the state. A restoration of Newell Hall was completed in 1944, the only major campus construction project completed during the Second World War.

Now: The entry sign, Agricultural Experiment Station Newell Hall, is still there as are parts of the ladder. The building has not been renovated since 1944. There is even a cool vault inside.

-Update 11-28-2012 New Plans for Historic Newell Hall on University of Florida Campus

-Photo featured in the UF Human Resources Newsletter June 11, 2014 as part of the major projects identified in the 2014 budget. Newell hall will renovated into a new student study center.



Smathers Library

Then: Smathers Library, formerly Library East, was completed in 1926. This photo, though year unknown, would be near that time.

Now: The white structure in the old photo is no longer there and we had a difficult time figuring out why it was there. There were additions to the library in the 1950's. The Smathers Library now contains special collections.



Buckman Drive

Then: Looking north on Buckman drive around 1950.

Now: All the Palm trees are gone, replaced by Oaks and a variety of other trees. The Dauer Hall chimney can seen on the left in the old photo.



University Auditorium

Then: The University Auditorium's north east corner in 1927. The building was constructed in the early 1920's.

Now: In 1977 the Auditorium was restored and a new North wing added. With the additions it was difficult to find the original north entrance, but we were finally able to find the correct wall edge to line up the photo, giving the historical perspective.



Peabody Hall

Then: Peabody Hall in the 1920s. The Peabody Foundation contributed $40,000 toward the construction of this building to house the Teacher's College. It was constructed in 1913. It remained the home of the College of Education for many years and accommodated a psychology lab, the presses of the Florida Alligator and the library collection. Later the College of Architecture and the Departments of History, Political Science, Economics and Sociology used Peabody Hall for faculty offices and classes.

Now: The building was renovated and converted to administrative and student services use in 1990.



Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field

Then: Construction of the west stands, August 1950.

Now: Ever evolving, new athletic offices and a sports museum exist just behind the photo.


Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field

Then: The Gator Band photographed at the north end zone Florida Field (year unknown) before upper decks were added. The north entrance had a hedge, iron gates and a brick wall.

Now: Much has changed but the band still sits in the same area.


Florida Gym

Then: Students leave the Florida Gym after a Memorial Service for John F. Kennedy in 1963. The Florida Gym opened in 1949 as a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena that was home to the Florida Gators men's basketball and a venue for events. While serving as the home court of the Gators basketball team, it was also known as 'Alligator Alley'.

Now: The building was rehabilitated for use by the Department of Recreational Sports and the College of Health and Human Performance.


Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field

Then: Mr. Tigert and Hume sit in a horse drawn carriage on Florida Field 1943. Dr. Tigert, before becoming UF's president, was a former head football coach at the University of Kentucky. He was the driving force behind construction of Florida Field in l930 and actually chose the location of the field. There was no state funding for the new stadium, so Dr. Tigert and a few friends went out and personally raised the funds, setting up a method to solicit and manage them within the framework of University Athletic Association, Inc. The original stadium cost $118,000.

Now: The stadium has gone through extensive renovations over the last 60 years.



Reitz Union

Then: Students pose in front of the Reitz Union 1967-1969. The Reitz Union was built in 1967 and named for Dr. J. Wayne Reitz, President of the University from 1955-1967.

Now: There have been many renovations inside, but outside the Union still looks the same, with a more defined seating area where the rocky hillside was.



University Auditorium

Then: University Auditorium and Century Tower in 1959 with an interesting 'For Sale Barn and Silo' sign out front.

Now: The photo lines up with the Century Tower. I'm sure a sign like this would not be allowed today.



Sledd Hall

Then: Men stand at the entrance of Sledd Hall around 1950. Sledd Hall dormitories, built in 1929, have sculptural figures along the cornice that depict the all male student population of the period engaged in a variety of activities. An outstanding feature of the building was the Mucozo Tower South entrance (seen above) to the dormitory courtyard. The sculptural features recognize the friendship of Chief Mucozo and Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz. The tower also included a trunk depository (to the left of the entrance), where students' luggage was loaded on a dumb waiter to the storage level below. Sledd Hall was named for the first UF president, Dr. Andrew Sledd.

Now: Still dormitories. The 'trunk delivery' window to the left is the same with metal bars on the inside.



Anderson Hall

Then: Students in front of Anderson Hall. Originally Language Hall, Anderson Hall stood across the open plaza from Science Hall when it was completed in 1913. In addition to classrooms and offices for the English, Language, History, and Mathematics Departments, the building also housed the offices of the President, the Registrar, and the Graduate School. It is named for Dr. James Nesbitt Anderson, first Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and of the Graduate School.

Now: Anderson Hall was renovated in 2003 and contains mostly classrooms and offices.



Entrance to UF at 13th Street

Then: 1950's photo of UF student. Probably a photo shoot for the undergraduate catalog.

Now: Same corner, but the UF Entrance Information sign is no longer there.



Florida Gym

Then: Students leaving the Florida Gym. The Florida Gym opened in 1949 as a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena that was home to the Florida Gators men's basketball and a venue for otherevents. While serving as the home court of the Gators basketball team, it was also known as 'Alligator Alley'.

Now: After renovation the entrance is now a floor below where the students are exiting. According to the photo HERE, the students would have been exiting through the middle windows.



Florida Field

Then: Dr. Richard Bowles, professor of music at UF for 27 years, directs the band on Florida Field in 1962.

Now: A much larger press box. Dr. Bowles died in December of 2009 at the age of 91.



University Auditorium

Then: A view of the University Auditorium's north entrance in the 1920's. The building was built in the early 1920's.

Now: The front entrance seen at the top of the photo was added on in the 1970's.


    




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