Friday, March 6, 2015

A Look Back: Samford from a bird's eye view

For the blog this week, we're sharing some campus aerial photogtaphs.

Howard College, now Samford University, moved from Brimingham's East Lake area to Homewood in 1957. Before the campus could be moved, however, facilities had to be constructed to house students and classes.

The lot was cleared and seems awfully small in this early aerial photo of the future home of Samford University.

Campus opened in 1957. Two decades or so later, this aerial photograph shows how much the campus had grown.  Of course, there is still no Healing Arts Building or Beeson Woods. Those buildings, among others, wouldn't be added for a few decades yet.

By the mid-1990s, campus starts to look more like it does today. Beeson Woods was opened in the late-1980s and the School of Nursing moved to their new Healing Arts building in 1988. The Law Library opened on March 1, 1995.

As new buildings are built around campus, like the new School of Business building behind the library, it is fun to look back on what our campus looked like in the past and imagine what it might look like in the future.

Text and Photographs provided by Rachel Cohen and the Special Collection.

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