This week on Now and a Long Time Ago, GM swings by Georgetown University. That steel frame you see above turned into this:
The old photo is dated October 18, 1932 (just think, they were weeks away from electing FDR for the first time. Well, not if they were DC residents that is…) According to Georgetown, “The White-Gravenor Building takes its name from Andrew White, S.J., and John Gravenor, S.J., two of the first Jesuits to come to Maryland in 1634. The building was completed in 1933.” Either that date is wrong, or they really knew how to finish a building fast back then.
Speaking of construction, it is somewhat surprising for GM to see that such a Gothic stone building has a steel skeleton.
The building’s retro look provides a nice northern bookend to the massive and similarly Gothic Healy Hall. The south side? Not so much.