A little-known story – I came into possession of a carved stone that was salvaged when Old Snow Hall was torn down. Knowing its importance, I worked with the KU Endowment to make sure this little, albeit heavy, piece of history was properly looked after. Below are excerpts from the flier that is given out once this stone found it’s new home in the DeBruce Center.
Old Snow Hall was one of KU’s first four campus buildings. It was a highlight of campus from the 1880s until the 1930s, and hosted KU’s early physical education classes.
The basement was inadequate as a basketball gym, with pillars in the middle of the room and a ceiling only 11 ft high. To improve the area for basketball, the floor was dug out 3 ft under the foundation. Perhaps consequentially, the building was condemned in the 1930s and tom down.