Kent State Landmark Gets New Home
The refurbished archway was resurrected last week on the south end of campus, over Janik Drive directly between Bowman Hall and the Business Administration Building. With its blue and gold letters spelling Kent State University, the archway is now a prominent part of the university Esplanade, a scenic walkway that leads through the center of the Kent Campus and is part of the Portage Bike and Hike Trail system.
The archway was a gift from the Class of 1956 to the university and stood at the entrance of Midway Drive for nearly 50 years until its removal three years ago, following a few hits and near misses to its support pillars by busses and automobiles.
In its new location, the archway provides a visual centerpiece that helps to spotlight a part of the campus that has undergone significant change in recent years, including the just-completed renovation and modernization of Johnson and Stopher halls and the relocation of the Honors College to that location.
“The archway serves as a nice accent point on the Esplanade,” says Tom Euclide, director, Architecture and Engineering, Office of University Architect. “It is also a great way to provide a noteworthy entrance to that part of campus.”
As part of this year’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 14, members of the graduating Class of 1956 will celebrate their Golden Reunion and rededicate the Kent State University Archway.
by Rob Jewell