Then and Now
The year was 1965. The South Hill campus was still being built, and the first group of students to attend classes on the hill for all four years was getting ready to graduate. Together they would ride the shuttle bus from downtown to the Campus Union. Together they would navigate wooden walkways over muddy construction sites. Together they would create lasting memories.
This fall, as the class of 1965 returns to campus to celebrate its 50th reunion, ICView looks back to see what the campus looked like then and compares it to what the campus looks like today.
The historical photos in this story are from the C. Hadley Smith Photograph Collection, in the Ithaca College archives.
Aerial view of Ithaca College in 2015 and 1965
The contemporary aerial photo above is by Jon Reis.
College Union/Campus Center
Phillips Hall was built in 1987, joining with Egbert Hall to create the Campus Center complex. In the present-day photo at top, you can almost make out the roof and two chimneys of the original College Union building on the far right. The contemporary photo is by Tom Watson.
The Laurence S. Hill Center, also known as the Hill Physical Education Center, was named after the dean of physical education from 1919 to 1957. Renovations to the building were completed in 2014. In addition to getting a new façade, the indoor pool was turned into a two-story facility, containing multipurpose rooms and athletic training facilities. The contemporary photo is by Giovanni Santacroce.
In October 1965, the roof of Textor Hall was still under construction and landscaping was in progress. The Disk, commonly referred to as the Textor Ball, was placed atop the roof two years later. In 2008, the doors of the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise opened. You can see it peeking out from behind Friends Hall. The contemporary photo is by Adam Baker.