The Lounge

When the English Building opened, the lounge (later the English Lounge, P110) was a women’s social hall where students gathered, worked, met with their clubs, and displayed their art work.  Before the student union building opened, this was a student gathering space.  In the 1936 Saga yearbook, all the student clubs had their pictures taken in this room.

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The stage was popular for pictures (1936)
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One club member seems to have belonged to both of these groups.  (1936)
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1936
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1936
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1936
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1936
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Note the clock over the kitchen door.
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1936
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1942
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In this picture, it is clear that the floor was originally covered with carpet.  Note the folds in the lower right of the photo.  1946
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In some years, the lounge was simply more popular as a place for group photos.  1952
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Note the radiator in the corner.  1952
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The clock seems to have been painted white by 1952.
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1953
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1953
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1962
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1963
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Academic Senate, 1969.  Notice the heating unit in the corner of the room.

More recently, the lounge has fallen into some disrepair.  Due to classroom shortages, we brought in desks and chairs so that we could teach in the room.  A persistent leak in the courtyard doors caused the wooden floor to buckle, so the room has been entirely off-limits this last year.

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This is the same corner where the faculty sat in 1969 and in the lounge picture at the top of this post.  The heating feature that we see in all of the earlier pictures is no longer in the corner–that’s a portable screen leaning there in this photo.
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The lounge furniture is taking refuge on the stage.  This stage will be removed in the renovation, and a narrow kitchen area will replace it.

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The old schoolroom clock one hung above the kitchen door.
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The renovation will preserve some of this woodwork although much of it will have to be removed in order to meet current clearance standards.
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There is a story about an individual who was able to gain access to the kitchen during a Thanksgiving holiday and was able to prepare his turkey in the oven.  The gas stove/oven was removed about ten years ago due to safety concerns.
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