The Ohio State University, OSU Armory, 1898
Who was William Neil?
Why was his farm chosen for the college?
What is a land grant college? How is it different from other colleges?
- A college is an institution of higher learning. A college might be founded by private wealthy individuals or by religious groups. A land grant college is also an institution of higher learning, but it was founded on land or money given by the United States government and supported by a state government. The purpose of the land grant college in the 19th century was to offer classes in agriculture and mechanical arts (meaning having to do with machinery). Today Ohio State is the largest land grant college (university) in the United States and teaches much more than agriculture and mechanical arts.
What is an armory?
- An armory is a building designed to hold “arms,” small weapons such as rifles for training soldiers. The armory at Ohio State was designed to also be a place for drilling, sports, graduations, and large gatherings.
What happened to the Armory in 1958?
- It burned to the ground and was not rebuilt.
Does the Wexner Center look like the old Armory?
- The Armory was designed by architect Frank Packard to look like a large castle. In 1989 the Wexner Center for the Arts was built on the former site of the Armory. The Wexner Center was built to have a resemblance to the old castle-like Armory because the local architect, Richard Trott, passed the empty site for many years, remembering the old building. Trott’s partners were Eisenman, Robertson of New York, and together they won the international design competition for the building.