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.
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.)
The "annex", however, continued to be used for Industrial Education through the 1960s.
The Barracks Building
and its "annex" during construction in 1918.
This is a 1940 view of the Western State
Normal School campus from the Lovell Street hillside.
|A Home Economics class in 1930.|
|The "annex" in the 60s.|