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The unknown structure can be seen at the extreme right-hand side of the image. Any help one can provide as to the purpose of this structure would be greatly appreciated.

This image is a detail from a larger image showing the construction problems with the 10th Street Memorial Stadium. This detail was created to research the pyramid-like structure at far right. A portion of the stadium with people walking past was also scanned to attempt to give some level of scale to the pyramid in the distance.

See image P0051223 which shows a 1924 IU football game on Indiana Field. The view is from the west looking toward the east. The old Axtell / Phi Delta Theta house can be seen in the background. Just visible at center and behind the fans on the east side of the field is the pyramid-like structure.

See image P0051224 which shows an event during the IU Cirkus (1924-1925 school year). The pyramid-like structure can clearly be seen in the distance at right.

See image P0051221 which shows an aerial view of Indiana Field and the other practice field to the east. Although a more complete image of the entire area would be preferred, it does seem as if the pyramid-like structure has been removed from the area by the time of this late summer or early fall 1928 image.

At present (July 1, 2014) it is being investigated as to whether or not this structure could be the "Corn Crib" described in an Indiana Daily Student article of November 15, 1917. The article reads, in part: "AND NOW COMES THE COLLEGE CORN CRIB...It has been rumored that a new agricultural station is being established by the University...Our new building which stands on the side of the hill directly north of Assembly Hall is a striking addition not only because of its attractiveness of color but also because of its size. Its floor area is about 400 square feet, and its volume is estimated at hundreds of bushels. It is the University corn-crib, which is now being filled with the past summer's crop; produced on the University field...Maybe it will be used by the cafeteria to make corn bread...maybe it will be used by the janitors to feed the University horse. Who knows but that it will be sold..."

If this image shows the corn crib then the corn crib certainly was relocated to where it is seen here as this location is not "...directly north of Assembly Hall...". Note: Assembly Hall, built in 1892, was located where the parking lot is located directly to the east and adjacent to Owen Hall.

NOTE (10/14/2014) By examining photographic images and drawings in the book "Wood Burners" by Daniel Mihalyo (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997) one can see the similarities between known burners which appear in the book and the pyramid like structure seen here, especially the burner on page 102. However, the pyramid like structure seen here lacks features that most other burners of this size seem to have (e.g. compression rings, drag train assemblies and spark arresting screens). It should also be noted that if the pyramid like structure seen in this image is a burner then the reason for lack of a spark arresting screen at the top of the structure may be because other known burners, when lacking such screens, had "temperature lids" which could be opened and closed. If this is true, then this more than accounts for the tip of the structure in this image.

date taken:

1924 July 21

photographer studio:

Sinclair Studio - Bloomington, Indiana

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copyright owner:

Sinclair Studio


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