Sunday, August 5, 2012

Shelter House at Butler in 1922

One of the landmarks on the former Butler University campus included this shelter house. Students frequently met there or studied in it on nice days.  Butler yearbook photos are filled with students posing in or near the structure.  Many a moonlit rendezvous likely began here.  This photo, taken in 1922, shows that the structure was surrounded by tall shade trees.  You can see why it became a romanticized subject by local artists and writers.  The shelter house was open to all locals including those Irvingtonians who had no ties to the Butler campus.  Sadly, it was removed after the campus moved to the Fairview site.

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