A Collegiate Look at History

There is just about no place prettier than a classic collegiate campus in Fall; especially one covered in rich, red brick buildings. that campus in the Fall. The University of Washington is one of the oldest university’s on the West Coast and is also a perfect example of what I mean. Now, the University of Washington is not my alma mater, but I did spend last Saturday morning taking another historical architecture tour which was focused on the incredible historical architecture that we are very lucky to see on their campus. (Shout out to my own alma mater, University of Idaho, which also has a handsome campus that I may one day have to feature on here as well.) Let’s take another Autumn walk and see some of my favorite tid-bits from the tour.





The amazing French Chateau-style Denny Hall.




The pretty banana slug look-alike leaves of an old Black Walnut tree.


Two beautiful twin facing buildings.




Just part of an old-world quad.






The crown and jewel of the tour: the Gothic style library, the Suzzallo Library, built in 1926.


It’s all in the details…

triple details

The absolutely stunning reading room at the top.


The picture just doesn’t do it justice. This reading room captures the stately Gothic style of many of the cathedrals I have visited in Europe. (Hmm, maybe I’ll have to do a blog on those someday!)

Once again, this only touched the surface of the tour. If you want to see  many more of the beautiful buildings on the University of Washington’s campus, you’ll just have to take it yourself. If you live near Seattle (or are going to be visiting Seattle) and want to share our experience, click here to find out more about the tour: Purple and Gold: From Gothic to Modern at the UW Core. (Yes, that says “to modern” and yes, there is some really neat modern architecture on the tour. Although I’m partial to the vintage and historical parts, they were pretty photo worthy as well. Go take the tour and find out!)



About CoriLu

I am a graphic designer for advertising and marketing, painter, artist and collector of anything vintage. I am also very passionate about travel, historic preservation, and just about anything sparkly.
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