One of the most recognized symbols in Vermillion is also one of the city's oldest buildings.
"Old Main" on the University of South Dakota campus was built in 1899...making it 114 years old. And not only is the building itself a treasure...but there are also some gems inside as well.
Its exquisite Sioux Quartzite exterior and proud dome make Old Main one of those buildings that catches your eye and keeps your attention.
It is a strong building, meant to weather the years and it has done that.
Inside, a building that also shows it's strength....with a lot of touches of pure class...such as Farber Hall, named for famed USD political science professor William "Doc" Farber.
"Anyone Doc Farber ever met became a friend for life...he was a good guy." Larry Schour the Dean of Fine Arts at USD and says naming this performing arts area for Farber was an easy decision....and had the support of many of Farber's famous students and friends. "Such as Pat O'Brien, Tom Brokaw, and friends with Al Neuharth."
Old Main contains space for classes and meetings but in addition to that, a portion of Old Main has been set aside as an art gallery for the late USD professor...and Native American artist..Oscar Howe. "Oscar took on through his studies a more cubist style, like a Picasso type of painting..and his colors and lines just popped."
USD is in the midst of constructing new buildings on campus...and while those new buildings will likely impress those who see them...it is Old Main that people will still notice and talk about. "It's kind of exciting to see our campus changing and evolving....and growing and developing...but also maintaining some of that tradition as well."
Interesting note here, the original Old Main was built in 1883 and burned down in 1893.....but was re-built in 1899 because students and alumni felt the need to have an Old Main on campus.
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