• Then and Now: Holton Hall

    Today is another edition of a slightly tree-obscured Then and Now.

    Holton Hall was built for the College of Agriculture in 1900. Sometime after Waters Hall was built in 1913, the Ag College moved out and the College of Education moved in. As far as I can tell, they stayed until eventually migrating over to Bluemont Hall across the street in the 1980s. Since then, Holton has been home to various Student Services offices.

    The top picture is another example of a pre-Royal Purple yearbook image. The picture is from the 1907 edition of College Annual. In the intervening 106 years, K-State has added roads to campus and planted trees — including one right where the picture was taken in 1907. Very little has changed on the exterior of the building. The current picture was taken in July and they’ve finished up most of the work on the foundation since then.


  • Then and Now: Anderson Hall

    This entry of Then and Now features the oldest photograph on the site so far.

    Anderson Hall is the main administration building at K-State. It was built between 1877 and 1884. The photograph on the top was taken in 1891 and featured in the first K-State yearbook, known then as College Symposium. The building has quite the history. If you want to learn more about it, K-State Libraries has a whole page dedicated to Anderson Hall’s history.

    The bottom photograph is much newer. It was taken this July. Taking a quick glance, it doesn’t look like much has changed. The most noticeable changes are the addition of foliage and the enclosure of the porch area.