WMU Campus History

"Barracks" Classroom Building

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bullet The Barracks was built to house the local Student Army Training Corps (SATC).  Preparing for duty in World War I, the young men trained and marched on the adjacent athletic fields.

bullet When the Barracks was no longer needed for the SATC, the Normal School reused it for Home Economics and Manual Arts Classes.   It would remain a "temporary" classroom building until it was razed in 1948.  (Manual arts and vocational classes were also taught in the Eames Mill.)

bullet The "annex", however, continued to be used for Industrial Education through the 1960s.

Construction of Barracks Building and annex

The Barracks Building and its "annex" during construction in 1918.
The viewer is looking from Oakland Drive towards Lovell Street.

View of Barracks Building and Prospect Hill

This is a 1940 view of the Western State Normal School campus from the Lovell Street hillside. 
West Michigan Avenue and the Barracks are in the foreground with Prospect Hill rising behind them.
Part of the recently completed Vandercook Hall is visible at the far right.

Home Economics class, ca. 1930
A Home Economics class in 1930.
Industrial Education Annex, 1950's
The "annex" in the 60s.

 

 

 

 

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