ures said that the Observatory was pulled by hand and placed on top of a trucking platform, under this were rolling logs that transported the building. If the Observatory had been demolished, the telescope would have been integrated into Graf Hall. Though the protests kept the Observatory from being demolished, the telescope was still put into storage. “It remained a working observatory until 2001, when it underwent a renovation and the telescope was removed,” Horn said. “It has served a number of purposes over the years, from a convenience store to its current use as a music practice place for students.” The telescope was removed because of light
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pollution from McMinnville and other cities. The brightness made the stars difficult to see, but any attempts to demolish it have failed. “The students protested—mainly through The [Linfield] Review— feeling that it should be preserved for its historical value, since it was the second-oldest building on campus and both a popular spot for students and a unique thing for a small Baptist college in McMinnville to have,” Schmidt said. In its current reincarnation, the Observatory serves as a place for student bands to practice. “The key for [the Observatory] can be checked out from the library circulation desk after a bit of paperwork. It has
allowed student bands a place to practice and not disturb their neighbors on campus. The college had a need for all of the student bands on campus to have a place that they could practice about five years ago and the Observatory was identified as that space. A good deal of amazing music has been the direct results of that space for students,” said Dan Fergueson, director of college activities. There aren’t too many plans for the Observatory in the future, but it seems to be doing well as it is. Fergueson has heard a few things about it becoming home for the Stainability Club but nothing is concrete with the Observatory. Gilberto Galvez can be reached at email@example.com
Rosa Johnson/Copy editor The Observatory stands beside the Withnell Commons. It reached its current location in 1964.
Photo courtesy of The Linfield Archives In the year 1935 or 1936, the Linfield marching band plays in the I.M. Field before the Observatory changed to its current location. Grover Hall and Jane Failing Hall are seen in the background.
Photo courtesy of The Linfield Archives Photo courtesy of The Linfield Archives A tree shades the Observatory in its original spot on the Quad. The Observatory was Currently the Observatory is utilized as a rehearsal almost demolished before a student protest saved it for its historical value. room for bands, and anyone can rent the space.