Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


South Oval

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Institution Name: University of Evansville
Original/Historic Place Name: South Oval
Location on Campus: faces Lincoln Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1921original campus landscaping Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Distinct topography:
A large oval grass area that accentuates the main building, Olmsted Administration Hall, and offers a structured layout for the placement of additional buildings.
Other characteristics:
1921-presentoutdoor space

Significance: architecture
Landmark designation:
National RegisterEvansville College (1983)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The South Oval, located to the south of the Olmsted Administration Building, was included in the original layout of the Evansville College in 1921. At that time, it was regarded as the institution's centralizing feature, and to a large degree this purpose has been observed. The open lawn area provides a clear view of the original buildings, and provides a space for casual interaction among faculty and students in the manner of the quadrangles at Yale or the Academical Village of Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia. Its flat, grassy expanse is encircled by large, native deciduous trees.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development. Evansville College. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1983.

Klinger, George. We Face the Future Unafraid: A Narrative History of the University of Evansville. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville Press, 2003.

Olmsted, Ralph. From Institute to University. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville, 1983.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections
Government Offices

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