Lowell & Franklin Hall Fires (1911)

1911 Fire 1
This was a postcard from a student John McMurray to Mrs. George Haggins in Iola, Kansas.

This is a scene from our last fire. Two large dormitories burned to the ground on July 13, 1911. I expect it to be in Iola some time this fall, but am too financially embarressed to get away for at present.

1911 Fire 2

Other Posts:
Lowell & Franklin Hall Burns (1911)
Engineering Hall Burns (1911)
Childs Hall (1912)


Gym/Field House [1928 & 2017] – Part I


1928-Field House (2)
Gym – Facing E. Douglas [1928]
Gym – Facing E. Douglas [2017]
Up until 1927, the gym of Des Moines Universtiy was housed in the basement of the Arts and Science Hall. The ceilings were so low that basketball players had to bank shots off the ceiling to score (1). Dr. Frank E. Folk, president of the Alumni and Patron Club, pushed to get a more suitable accommodation for the athletes of Des Moines University (2).

When the school was sold to a developer in the 1950s, the gym was the only building to survive the razing. It’s been a number of things over the years including an auto store (3), and currently a daycare center.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will post several photos of the gym during different time periods.


(1) Cardaro, Tony. “Once Banked Cage Shots Off Ceiling.” Des Moines Tribune. Des Moines, Iowa: 28 January 1955, p. 16. Newspapers.com. Accessed: 17 October 2017.
(2) “Des Moines University’s New Field House to be Opened Tonight.” Des Moines Tribune. Des Moines, Iowa: 05 January 1927, p. 10. Newspapers.com Accessed: 17 October 2017.
(3) Lancaster, John. with photographs by Chuck Anderson. “Douglas, Euclid–A Big Change.” Des Moines Tribune. Des Moines, Iowa: 13 April 1982, p. 22. Newspapers.com. Accessed: 17 October 2017.

Related Links:
Gym [1927]
Athletic FieldĀ 
Administration Building