Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Tunnel, The

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Institution Name: Midway College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Tunnel
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1900-1997original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Tunnel carrying utility lines, steam heat, and water lines from power plant to campus buildings.
Other characteristics:
Materials: brick, stone, and concrete
ca. 1900-present (2007)other (carries electric utilities, water, and steam lines to campus buildings)

Significance: engineering
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

For purposes of safety and aesthetics, all utilities were placed in an underground tunnel early in the 1900s. The tunnel, not open to public access, is four feet wide and is constructed (at different times) of stone, brick, and cement. All buildings constructed from 1907-1997 are connected to the tunnel. Considered innovative and far-reaching at the time, it has served the campus for nearly a century.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Facilities Management Office, Unknown
—details: Archives, Midway College, Midway, KY.

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