July 31, 2008

Clarke Tower

Many students and alumni might be surprised that one of our dormitories won a national award. In 1968, Clarke Tower won a Project Design Merit Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Clarke Tower, named for John Hessin Clarke, an alumnus and former U. S. Supreme Court Justice, was originally a men's dorm, providing housing for 320. Completed in 1967, it was Western Reserve University's first high-rise residence hall.

See: http://www.case.edu/its/archives/dormitorylife/northside.htm for a photo of Clarke and the other north-side dormitories.

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October 18, 2005


In the mid-1980s, when I worked in Western Reserve College (does anyone remember Western Reserve College?), I made one of my work-study students take me to the north-side dorms and other hang-outs for the students (like The Spot in Leutner) and I had another student take me to the south-side dorms, so I could see what the housing was like here. At that time, even though there had been integrated housing on campus for a long time (integrated meaning Case and Reserve students could live together in the same dorm), it was still mostly Case students in the south-side dorms and mostly Western Reserve students in the north-side dorms. How did you feel about that? Did you feel the College distinctiveness should carry over to housing?

Helen Conger
University Archives

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October 14, 2005

Miscellaneous Pardee Hall Memories from 1957

Tim W. Elder sent these recollections to the Archives to share:

My roommate lost a portable typewriter on his desk. His younger brother became a famous football player.

The automobile turned upside down (downside up??) in Glennen's parking place. Some took advantage by salvaging a few parts.

Throwing Frisbees in the corridor. They skip well off the hard floor and walls, and also the fluorescent tubes.

Someone on the second floor complaining that a stereo on the first floor was too loud--after it bounced off a Reserve building.

Guys in ROTC uniforms, sure looked like policemen at night, directing Euclid traffic up the Case driveway. Semis, particularly, had a tough time getting turned around.

Exploring buildings under construction.

The blossoms around Wade Park pond were beautiful one spring--trouble is I forget which year.

The Rolls-Royce club starting a tour from our parking lot--sure disturbed studying for finals for me!

Someone on the second floor rolling barbells on the floor--sure made a racket in the room below.

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October 12, 2005

Life During Wartime

With the conflict in Iraq raging on for two years now, I thought spotlighting the University's participation in past wars was worthwhile. World War I, which was fought from 1914 to 1918, was no exception. The United States entered World War I in April 1917. Higher education institutions like Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science were not untouched by the conflict in Europe. As shown on our dorm life scrapbook, in the fall of 1918, WRU quickly constructed two barracks, which housed 300 men, and a mess hall for the Students' Army Training Corps (SATC). Classes were delayed due to the influenza epidemic that hit the city in October 1918 - instruction resumed on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended. Demobilization of WRU's SATC unit was completed a month later. Thus, as quickly as the SATC and its barracks and mess hall appeared that fall, the buildings were knocked down and the SATC disbanded, ending WRU's short period of participation in World War I.

Incidentially, CSAS housed their SATC unit at the Elysium, which was located at Stokes and Euclid Avenue.

Tom Steman
University Archives

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October 10, 2005

Elephant Steps

One alumna wrote to say that while she enjoyed the Dorm Life online scrapbook, we missed one of the big things about living on Carlton Road on the south side of campus: the Elephant Steps. Originally there were 2 sets of steps - one set which went between the 2 sets of fraternity dorms on Murray Hill Rd. and Carlton Rd.; the other set went between the 2 sets of dorms: Michelson, Kusch, Glaser and Alumni, Tippit, Howe, Staley. In 1985 the Steps between the fraternity housing were removed and the other set were renovated complete with a canopy. Tell us about the Elephant Steps! Here's a photo of them under construction.

Helen Conger
University Archives

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October 05, 2005

New Dorms

When Case Institute of Technology opened its first dorms in the 50s, they were considered pretty state of the art. The first and last quotations on the Case Dorms page of the scrapbook are interesting when compared with the description of the Village at 115 on the Housing and Residence Life site.

We have noticed that talk of the new facility and all its amenities really inspires people who have lived in dorms in the past to compare the places they've lived to this new dorm, and to remember stories about their dorm life.

Heather Arnold Henderson
University Archives

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September 30, 2005

Faculty-Student Housing

We have found intriguing references to the fact that Case Institute faculty took into their homes approximately 30 students in the fall of 1956 because Pardee was not completed by the start of the fall semester Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to identify who the faculty or students were. I realize this is almost 50 years ago, but it would be fun to hear those reminiscences.
Jill Tatem
University Archives

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September 22, 2005

Construction, or How I lived through the mess

Many of our dormitories opened while still under construction or remodelling - please share your memories of what is was like. Did it bring the residents closer together (kind of like "we've been through the war together" attitude)?

Helen Conger
University Archives

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