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The Changing Campus: 1960

The campuses looked significantly different since 1950. New buildings sprung up on the north and south sides of Euclid Avenue.

By 1960, WRU had completed Beaumont Hall for the School of Applied Social Sciences, I. F. Freiberger Library, Claud Foster Hall (dormitory), and Newton D. Baker Memorial Building for Cleveland College. The athletic field was completely renovated and dedicated October 6, 1951 as Justice John H. Clarke Field. The John Schoff Millis Science Center and Joseph Treloar Wearn Laboratory for Medical Research were underway (both buildings being dedicated together in 1962).


By 1960, Case had completed Yost Hall and Pardee Hall (the first two dormitories for Case), Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center, Lester and Ruth P. Sears Library-Humanities Building, William E. Wickenden Electrical Engineering Building, the north addition to the Albert W. Smith Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Building, Strosacker Auditorium, Frank Adgate Quail Building, the Propulsion and Aerodynamics Lab (commonly called the Jet Propulsion Lab), and the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville, Ohio.

Number of buildings in use by Case in 1960: 19.

Number of buildings in use by WRU in 1960: 67.

University campus
In this aerial photograph we see the railroad tracks cutting vertically through the right third of the photo. Van Horn Field and Clarke Field are to the immediate left of the tracks. Note the new Emerson Physical Education Center next to Van Horn. You can see the new buildings on the Case campus immediately to the left of Van Horn. Above Severance Hall you can see the new Freiberger Library and to the right of Severance, Claud Foster Hall.
This map shows the Adelbert and Case campuses. On the southwest corner of Adelbert Road and Euclid Avenue is the new Baker Building. On the Case side (lower half) you can see the new buildings: Pardee Hall, Rockefeller addition (labeled as "New Physics building"), Strosacker Auditorium (labeled as "Lecture Hall"), the Smith Building addition (labeled as "New Chemistry Building"), Yost Hall, Wickenden Building (labeled as "Electrical Engineering Building"), Sears Library (labeled as "Library - Humanities Building"), Propulsion Laboratory, Calder Clinic (labeled as "Health Clinic"), Emerson Physical Education Center (labeled as "Gymnasium" and "Aquatics"), and next to the railroad tracks, the Quail Building.



University campus
This aerial view shows primarily the original parts of the Case and WRU campuses. Euclid Avenue is the vertical street on the left. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is in the foreground. The railroad tracks cut the top right corner.
Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, November 2004.