Our tour of Oregon State University geology continues apace. We’re just going to make a really quick dash in at
Stop 12: Memorial Union Main Entrance
and – holy fucking travertine, Batman! Maybe not so quick, then.
Note the sign over the door on the right: “Pangea Cafe.” Oh, yeah, someone knows their geology – or are unbelievably crunchy and versed in ancient Greek. Either one is possible at OSU.
It is with reluctance that we tear ourselves away from this vision in travertine, this contemplation of feet upon the stairs, and head toward our next destination. We cannot help but turn our heads back wistfully one last time.
Soon, though, we will forget all about travertine.
Stop 13: Women’s Building
So in the 1920s, when OSU built a Women’s Building, they went all-out. It’s like John V. Bennes sat down to plan this thing and asked himself how much exotic stone he could stuff into one building. Also, this was in an era when an inscription wasn’t an inscription unless it was faux Roman.
I don’t think this blazing red (akai) monument was part of the original design, but it certainly catches the eye. It looks like granite that’s been swimming in a vat of carminic acid.
But don’t get too caught up in the very red granite. Get inside – there’s another red delight awaiting you, and this one’s gonna make you scream with delight.
We’re nearly at the end now. When you see what Wilkinson Hall has on display, you’re going to start gibbering incoherently. Stock up on absorbent towels and prepare to drool copiously.