Thursday, January 3, 2008

I Live At Bowser's Castle

Today's Red Gym

Yesterday's Red Gym (the University's boat house was demolished in 1968)

Just in case you ever felt yourself wondering where I work, and thus where I spend the overwhelming majority of the hours of my life (which is somewhat troubling when you really calculate it out), here is a picture of my building, the Red Gym. The Office of Admissions is on the third floor of the building.

The Red Gym was one of the first buildlings on campus and overlooks Lake Mendota. It was built in 1894, and underwent a major $11 million renovation in the late 1990's. Since its creation, the building has served as a military training facility, gymnasium, infirmary, art exhibition space, and a convention hall. The gym was also used for student registration until 1983. In 1970, an anonymous war protester firebombed the Red Gym, intending to hit the ROTC, but instead caused major damage to another part of the builing, which, because of funding issues, wasn't fully repaired until the renovation. The Red Gym was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

The building is now used as the "gateway to the univeristy," housing the Office of Admissions, Visitor and Information Programs, the Multicultural Student Center, Student Organization Office, International Student Services, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

And so, now you know where I work!

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