Thursday, December 3, 2009

Suwannee Arcade


 
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Suwannee Arcade connects two of the oldest dormitories on the Florida State University campus, Bryan Hall (left) and Reynolds Hall. When I lived in Reynolds Hall as a freshman back in the olden days, we used the arcades as study rooms. We also used to sunbathe on the roof. I'm not sure what they are used for now. When FSU was a women's college, these arcades connected all of the dormitories, the old dining hall, and the old health center. This allowed Florida State College for Women students to walk between the buildings without having to step outside in inclement weather. Since they were not allowed to go outside without being properly attired in dresses, it was also a convenient way to visit friends in other buildings without having to get dressed up. The second picture shows ferns growing on the brick wall on the back side of the arcade and part of Reynolds Hall.

16 comments:

Julie said...

This is where you work, yes? In the Fine Arts faculty if I follow your comments carefully enough. I would think that to be an immensely rewarding job.

What do you like best about working at FSU?

B SQUARED said...

I used to tell my kids that back when I was in school, we used to collect fireflies and put them in a plastic bag so we could study at night. I can still see their mouths hanging open.

Leif Hagen said...

Magnificent PALM trees by the wonderful brick architecture! Looks like summer! Our driveways are frosted with snow this morning!

Halcyon said...

I think this looks like an excellent place to study.

Can you imagine what the people from the "old days" would think of young women now? I think I spent half of my undergraduate days in pyjamas!

Lois said...

Julie--I graduated from FSU and have worked there for the past 32 years. The best part is just being on campus every day. My kids are the third generation in our family to graduate from FSU and hopefully my grandchildren will continue that tradition.

Tricia said...

Very pretty & cool set up - I really like all the ferns, it gives a neat tropical feel

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is nice that you graduated there and you are still work there. I think being around younger people helps the aging process.

Rob and Mandy said...

I like the contrast between the organic palmtrees, and the almost as organic brickwalls. Likes very peaceful, a lovely place.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love the arcs and the brickwall.
I think there is a good and happy energy around this place!
Léia

Small City Scenes said...

Back in the day when women were considered weak and were pampered. Well we've come a long way baby---heck I still like the pampered part.
Great info. MB

Tabib said...

I like that second picture overgrown ferns.
You may find bird nest there! ;)

Jacob said...

These are wonderful buildings. I like the architecture very much and the setting is ... well, so Florida!

Thanks, too, for the historical information. Times have changed a bit, methinks!

JM said...

Amazing fern covered wall!

Lisa Wilson said...

Beautiful!

Mary Kaela said...

How did you get on the roof?

Lois said...

Mary--there were doors on either side of the arcade from the third floor of each dormitory so you could just step out on the roof. These old buildings have been gutted and completely renovated on the inside, so I'm not sure if you can still get up there now. I lived there over 40 years ago.