• Campus Treasures 

    The Bishop Statue

    The statue of Bishop Leonidas Hamline was commissioned by Annette Strand Scherer Robbins '36 and designed by Hamline art professor Michael Price. It is dedicated (in Bishop Hamline's words) to "all who have provided the means and facilities of education."

    The symbolism of the sculpture
    As for the sculpture of Bishop Hamline, I have tried to express the character of this complex man, and at the same time the character of this institution and its aspirations. He was a man of conviction: intelligent, articulate, and thorough. And he was both pragmatic and spiritual. I hope that you find this sculpture to be straightforward; dignified and strong, well grounded, and bound by spirit.

    He is standing slightly askew, his head turned toward the prairie, looking beyond it. In one hand he holds a book, while the other hand hangs free. I’ve been asked often about the book, especially if it’s a Bible. Well, it might be. It certainly was his favorite, but not the only book he read and valued…the point of the book is that his decision to have this relationship with us was considered and deliberate…It was a lifetime of study and thought that brought him to us. The book is an expression of his conviction; and it is an expression of our conviction as well.

    I’ve also, in this gesture, intended to express the tradition of education from which we have evolved. For Methodism, an important aspect of education is the pursuit of truth – and the truth takes us where it will. I have encoded in this dual gesture of one hand holding a book, and one hand hanging free – an uplifting book, a down-reaching hand – a suggestion, too, of the tenets of service and justice that also lie at the heart of this tradition. These principles have led to what we are today: a rich and diverse community of teachers and learners, scholars and artists, scientists and social scientists. We come from many places, are interested in all things, are of many faiths and beliefs, and are many colors. We are learning in myriad ways about ourselves and about others, and about the world we live in. The truth has led us to our own complexity and diversity, and to our similarities, and to our differences – and it has led us to each other. Together we are learning to help others and to make a better world. We are a community to be proud of, born of a tradition to be proud of, and one to be coveted. It is expressed in this sculpture, and in our continuing commitment to truth and justice, and to service.

    (Michael Price, Hamline Quarterly, Fall 1995)

    Bridgman Memorial Court

    bridgman_courtBridgman Memorial Court was constructed in 1954 in memory of President George Henry Bridgman and his wife Mary Elliot Bridgman and was presented by Dorothy Bridgman Atkinson Rood and Donald E. Bridgman, the daughter and son of the president. The court, sculpted by John Rood, commemorates the university’s 100th year anniversary through sculptured panels. Steps were originally constructed from Snelling Avenue to the court, but in 1997 they were replaced with grass to create a rolling hill effect.

    Bridgman Hall

    Bridgman Hall, located within Old Main, was originally a university chapel. The room was rededicated as Bridgman Hall on November 6, 1939. It was used as an auditorium, lecture hall, and concert hall, and has hosted guest such as William McKinley, Charles Elliot (president of Harvard University), and Archbishop John Ireland. Bridgman Hall was renovated and preserved in the summer of 1978, and it is known for its historical beauty and unparalleled acoustics.

    Hamline United Methodist Church

    united_methodistThe new congregation of the church held its first service in the chapel at Hamline University in 1880, ten days before college classes in Saint Paul began. The first church building, constructed in 1900, was destroyed by fire in 1925. The new Hamline United Methodist Church, built between 1926 and 1928, features a spire that rises eighty feet above the roof, gargoyles spouting rainwater away from the structure, intricate carvings, and marble steps. It seats more than 1,000 people, who can enjoy the colors coming through the stained glass windows. Today, more than seventy-five years later, the classic gothic building reflects the stately beauty and quiet grandeur envisioned by the congregation that built it.

    Norton Field

    Norton Field has experienced many changes over the years. Originally, the athletic field was located on the south side of campus where Manor House and Sorin Hall are currently located. Matthew Norton, the second chairman of the board of trustees, gave $1,500 to construct a new athletic field. This newly dedicated field, opened in the autumn of 1905, was located between Pascal and Holton avenues. In 1922, the athletic field was moved to its newest location of Taylor Avenue. 1986 marked more changes for the athletic field as a new all-weather outdoor track and field complex, and a renovated football/soccer field were added. By fall of 2004, the Hamline University Klas Center, will take the place of the old Norton Stadium.

    Joseph W. Hutton Arena

    norton_fieldThe athletic facility known as Hutton Arena was named after Joseph W. Hutton on December 13, 1986. The arena, built in 1937, for $100,000, was first called Norton Field House. The historic field house was the location of Joe Hutton and his talented teams that brought widespread fame and recognition to the university. 1966 marked a year of renovations for the field house, as $800,000 was contributed to new fluorescent lighting, a new tartan floor, roll away bleachers, and six motorized backboards.

    Sundin Music Hall

    sundin_hallSundin Music Hall opened in October 1989. The 330-person seat concert hall was funded with major gifts from Lloyd ’22 and Mildred Howard ’24 Sundin that fulfilled their lifelong dream. The $1.3 million facility includes backstage rehearsal spaces, new concert piano, and a state-of-the-art audio system. The building took its architectural cues from Drew residence, which adjoins the building to its east, and its doors open to beautiful rose gardens in the spring and summer months.

    University Hall/Old Main

    Considered the central landmark of the Hamline University campus, University Hall (Old Main) is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Fire destroyed the original University Hall in 1883, but in 1884, the current University Hall was dedicated debt-free. The three-story high structure cost $50,000 to build.

    In the summer of 1978, at the cost of $75,000, Bridgman Hall was renovated. Retaining the essential elements to preserve the acoustic quality, the green paint was covered in beige, the wood floors were stripped, sanded, and varnished, carpet replaced linoleum in the aisles, a specially designed chandelier was hung above the stage to improve the lighting and the silent heating system was improved. On September 2, 1985, a fire caused $10,000 in damage to Bridgman Hall, when an overheated light fixture ignited roof insulation. The fire quickly spread to the ceiling, leaving a 15- foot hole.

    In 1913, electric lights were installed and in 1915, the bell used to summon and dismiss classes, was replaced by an electric bell, thus ending the career of the campus bell ringers. In the 1930s, the bell was used again to open and close classes. It was last used on November 5, 1966, to ring out news of an athletic victory when the 1966 football team defeated Gustavus to win the MIAC championship. Now the tower houses an electric carillon that has the ability not only to ring a bell, but to also play selected music. Since 1993, the bell rings and plays music during the noon hour.

    In July 1981, bees became a problem when honey was found dripping down the walls on the second story. The clock tower was finally removed for renovation in the early 1990's, the top section in October 1990 and the bottom section in March 1991, because of rotting wood and structural damage. The renovation cost $290,000. When replaced, the trim colors were painted as they originally were, in Tarrytown green and copper.

    Today Old Main houses the President's Office, the Provost's Office, Human Resources, the Office for Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Student Affairs office, University Relations, and the business and finance offices.