The upper floor of this building, which happens to be 141 years old, houses the Rutgers Geology museum, founded in 1871. It is one of the last remaining historical buildings Rutgers has, as it is starting to renovate all of its campuses. And this one may be at jeopardy to, due to some administators wanting to convert the priceless museum and its artifacts into an auditorium. Another beauty and perhaps the crown jewel of the “old” Rutgers is this building.
This is Old Queens, the oldest building at Rutgers, being built around 1809. It used to be called Queens College before Rutgers was formally united. This historic building holds the president’s office, the undergraduate education office, and many other important offices. It is often overlooked by the students, as it looks quite plain in comparison to this castle-like structure.
It looks even older than Old Queens, but was actually built in 1880. It used to be a part of Douglass College before the unification of Rutgers, and now hold various academic advising offices. I have been to this building quite a few times, and the interior is just as stunning as the exterior.
The interior is reminiscent of an old Victorian mansion, and in fact it was a mansion before its acquisition. There are various portraits of deans of the women’s college on the walls, and it literally feels like you’re going back in time once you step into this place. Another magnificent building right next to College hall is the Vorhees Chapel.
Built during the 1920’s, this chapel had once been the center of Douglas College and it is actually designed on Georgian Period architecture during the 1880’s. It’s original owner, Elizabeth Vorhees, left the 1.6 million dollar estate to Douglass College, and this tall beauty is definitely not one to be missed when visiting Rutgers.
Many parts of Rutgers are seeing (and hearing, considerably during the early morning hours), a lot of this.
Construction, and a whole lot of it, is going on in Rutgers. It is expected that a new apartment complex is to be built by 2016, replacing the old grease trucks, along with a few other renovations that will cost a pretty penny.
However, not all of it is a bad thing. Take a look at this super-modern piece of architecture.
Clean open spaces with lots of whites contrasting with vibrant colors, it truly embodies a felling of modernity. But topping this behemoth is perhaps the crown-jewel of the “new” Rutgers.
This is High-Point Solutions stadium. A $44 million dollar investment into the image of Rutgers as a top dog in collegiate football. Having seen this stadium myself, I admit it is magnificent and immense, but how much will it ultimately pay back to the university, and how much of that money will come back to academic departments and average students who aren’t athletes.
Rutgers, in an nutshell, is in metamorphosis. It’s unification as a large university has left it feeling isolated, but it is trying its best to modernize itself and appeal to more people. However, it should never forget its roots and should appreciate its own history and beauty, after all, without it their wouldn’t be Rutgers University.