Amanda Knight Hall, named in honor of Amanda McEwan Knight, wife of Jesse Knight, was the first dormitory for women built by Brigham Young University. Completed in 1939, this three-story, red brick building was designed by architect, Joseph Nelson. ‘The blend of Tudor Revival and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles is rarely seen in Provo and contributes to the turn-of-the-century architecture found on North University Avenue. The building was dedicated by LDS Church President David O. McKay on May 26, 1954.
Creating the “Y” on the Mountain.
A mischievous prank played in 1906 by Brigham Young University‘s Class of 1907 led to the construction of the giant “Y” on the mountain easy of Provo.
The pranksters formed the date “1907” on the slope, which enraged the seniors in the class of 1906. Before they could retaliate with a prank of their own, an editorial in the school newspaper suggested that a giant “BYU” should be fabricated high on the mountain to advertise the local university. The class of 1906 jumped on this suggestion.
The idea caught on and a student committee was formed to study the project. Its members thought that three letters was too ambitious and decided that just a “Y” formed out of slaked lime on the highest possible site on the mountainside would be sufficient.
Professor Ernest D. Partridge designed a plain letter “Y” and supervised the survey of the letter. It was elongated so that it would appear normal when viewed from the campus. Three of his students staked out its outline on the mountainside.
Despite threatening weather on May 15, 1906, the make student body went to work. They cut scrub oak, cleared the surface, and constructed the rock frame of the giant letter. As soon as the outline had been prepared, the young men formed a bucket brigade and passed up all of the lime necessary to cover the letter about one inch deep.
At about 5:00 p.m. the work was completed and a giant white letter brightened the mountainside. Some 200 female students arrived with a very welcome picnic. The student body triumphantly paraded through the street of Provo, being very proud of their work.
In succeeding years, students whitewashed the “Y” each spring. They also gradually added rocks and concrete to the interior of the letter and constructed serifs on it’s base and on its tops to make it a “Block Y.” More recently, the giant symbol has been encased in solid concrete. Electric lights now illuminate the outside of the “Y” on special occasions rather than the tedious and sometimes dangerous method of using open flames.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is located at Brigham Young University. The museum was opened to the public in 1978, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and maintains membership in the Natural Science Collections Alliance. Research collections of vascular and non vascular plants, invertebrate and vertebrate animals are maintained and made available to research scientists and educators. Public exhibits and educational programs are offered. Admission is free.
Brigham Young Academy was the predecessor of both the Brigham Young High School and Brigham Young University. The Academy was founded in 1876. The Academy was essentially a high school until 1896 when a College Department was added. In 1903, although the high school students still outnumbered the college level students, the name of the Academy was changed to Brigham Young University. The High School continued as a part of the University until the end of the 1967-1968 school year. At that time the High School was shut down permanently.
The Brigham Young Academy was one of the largest school buildings in the western Rocky Mountain region. The Principal of the Academy, Karl G. Maeser, designed the building with the help of Don Carlos Young as the architect. The Academy was located in Northern Provo. The name of the building has changed many times: in 1898, it was known as the High School Building, and in 1922 it was known as the Education Building, which it remained until 1968.
The classic bell tower on Brigham Young University Campus, it plays music every hour and is very enjoyable.
The BYU Centennial Carillon is a carillon on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. The bell tower was erected in 1975 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the school’s founding. Built in a simple, modern style designed by architect Fred L. Markham, it stands 97 feet tall and contains 52 bells. The bells range in size from 25 lbs to 4,730 lbs. The carillon tolls a tune based on the hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” followed by the hour, and tolls a chime on the half-hour. The hour and half-hour strikes are controlled by an automated system. Carillonneurs may also play the instrument by means of a keyboard located directly below the belfry, in a small room reached by a spiral staircase that ascends through the center of the tower.
BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and its carillon is the only such instrument the church owns. LDS churches rarely feature bell towers, and the only temple to contain even a single bell is the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
“The Museum of Art is a place where the heart and mind are brought together to seek knowledge and values, self affirmation and spiritual understanding.”
“We hope your experience in the Museum will nurture a more reflective mind, a capacity for deeper inquiry, a stronger commitment to excellence and integrity, and heightened appreciation for others and their ideas.”
One of the largest and best attended art museums in the Mountain West, the Museum of Art offers a dynamic exhibition schedule that includes displays of its permanent collection, world-class traveling shows and unique temporary exhibitions that fulfill the Museum unique mandate (above).
One of the Museum of Art’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of Brigham Young University. From the research and study of the artworks in our collection, to the teaching and learning that occurs in our classrooms and galleries, the Museum plays an important role in the academic pursuits of many students at BYU. At the same time, the Museum connects to broad community audiences through its varied exhibitions and educational programming.
I was at a basketball game in the gym that used to be part of the original Springville High School. I took a few pictures because I really liked the look of it and the historic feel of it.
I talked to Doug Young while there, he told me about attending Brigham Young Academy over at the BYU Women’s Gym and how they came here to play their basketball games and to watch the BYU team play and practice.