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Monday, 24 June 2019
University of Melbourne buildings - arches, the quad and the new
Old Quad webpage says there is a reception hall, a grand staircase and the university library. Perhaps one day I shall get to see them but not yet. I was fascinated by all the pretty scaffolding while the Quad was being renovated
Old Quad webpage.
Meanwhile the best examples of modern arches is in the Arts West Building, one of my favourite modern buildings on campus (top left, bottom left, bottom middle). It is a fitting companion to the wonderful Old Arts Building where I spent a considerable amount of time as an undergraduate. (And laughed at Love and Other Catastrophes when they appeared to be running towards - or was it from - the Old Arts but anyone who knows the campus would know that they were actually running in the wrong direction.)
Best not to look up the ugly old Baillieu library building unless you need go there in search of a book or periodical. Though so much is now available to students online that I think the days of searching for all the readings in the library are dwindling. The Baillieu still has some gems. I was delighted recently to go on a museums day tour of the rare books room where we were able to read a page of a Guttenberg bible (which is as much as the university's budget could afford) and Shakespeare's Second Folio. The University has many fascinating places.
food post. Today I will just show you a scene I happened upon on the North Court. It is set up for a student beach party, I guess. I still miss the days when the Chocolate Appreciation Society gave out free chocolates in the heyday of compulsory student unionism. Though I was pleased recently to see that the Friends of Unnatural Lama (FOUL) society still exists. I still don't know what they do but it was one of the typical student societies with a fine appreciation of the ridiculous (or an unfortunate acronym).
Parkville railway station in 2025. It is just a big building site for now. Every time I pass it looks totally different. It seems a lifetime until it is functional but I am so impressed with the state government for their vision beyond their parliamentary term. In the distance is the Alan Gilbert building. It has a magnificent view of Melbourne from the top floors.
Previous posts on the University of Melbourne:
University of Melbourne places to eat (2019)
University of Melbourne Farmers Market: Vegan Lunches (2018)
University of Melbourne - lunches and buildings (2012)