If you’ve been to campus lately, you might notice some changes in the Upper Quad. If you haven’t visited us recently, you might be surprised next time you do. And if you’ve never been to Virginia Tech, the Upper Quad is the square shape of buildings here:
The library is just across the way, so we get to see all the action unfold as buildings are razed and rebuilt. Two dorms (Brodie and Rasche Halls) are coming down to make room for bigger dorms to support the growing Corps of Cadets. You can read more about the changes on the university’s website.
This week, I decided to dig into the Historical Photograph Collection and share some photographs of the Upper Quad back in the day. Several of the photographs have captions on the back, which are quoted below. In other cases, I’ve done my best to guess the time and location of the photographs.
Lane Hall will remaining standing amid all the changes. It’s currently on its way to being listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Soon, it will have new neighbors, but the spirit of the old Quad will stick with us here on campus. And here in Special Collections, we’ll always have the photographs!
2 thoughts on “The Upper Quad of Days Past”
Great old photos. I stayed in Barracks No.3 (the old part of Brodie Hall) when I came to VT for freshman orientation in 1991. Hard to believe it was thirty years ago this August! Those tennis courts in the quad behind Lane were still there when I was an undergrad, by the time I came back to VT for grad school at the turn of the century they were gone.