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Guided Walking Tour Project

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Project goal- design walking tour booklet for Indiana University campus

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Guided Walking Tour Project

  1. 1. INDIANA UNIVERSITY Self- Guided Walking Tour
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Campus Treasures Seventh Street: The Heart of Campus Third Street to Indiana 2 4 6
  3. 3. SEVENTH ST THE HEART OF CAMPUS Begin at the Indiana Memorial Union, or IMU, where you can eat, get a haircut, watch a movie, shop, bank, bowl, study and much more. Hourly parking is available in 2 nearby lots. Enter the IMU from the circle drive off 7th street. Inside the revolving doors is the lobby for the Biddle Hotel, adjacent to the IU Credit Union branch and UPS store. Stairs from the hotel lobby (and the elevator behind the stairs) lead to the Mezzanine level’s large relaxing East Lounge. Just beyond the lounge is a directory of the IMU’s offerings. Walking further brings you to a row of computers for quickly checking e-mail and a few different bank ATMs. Nearby, the Back Alley provides bowling, billiards and arcade games. At the end of the building are the Union Studios (dark room, ceramics studio and art classes). Back by Continue past the directory down the hall toward the 2-floor IU Bookstore, which offers textbooks, supplies, IU-themed clothing and gifts. Across from the Bookstore is Sugar & Spice, a popular spot for snacks and coffee. Walking further down the hall brings you to more options for eating.
  4. 4. Find your way back to where you entered the IMU and exit to continue the tour. Take a right on 7th street. Walk past the parking lot, cross a street and continue past Woodburn Hall, where the Political Science Library offers a quiet, lesser-known place to study. The Lilly Library, containing rare books, manuscripts, and special collections Trek scripts, is the next building on your right. Behind the Lilly Library are walkways leading to the verdant Bryan House (the IU President’s residence) property and the Musical Arts Center or MAC. The world-class Jacobs School of Music hosts performances of its opera, jazz, ballet and other programs there. Most of these events are free. The IU Auditorium marks the end of 7th Street. High-profile lectures, Broadway musicals, nationally touring bands and myriad other performances happen here. Volunteering as an usher gets you a deal on otherwise expensive admission to the hottest shows. Walk up the stairs near the row of computers to the 1st Floor. Alumni Hall, a space for large events like lectures, is on your left. Smell the Starbucks coffee brewing in the IMU Gallery, another large space to study and meet, along with the adjacent South Lounge. Continue through the lounge (past the 2nd floor of the Bookstore and the escalator) to the Whittenberger Auditorium, where lectures and the popular Union Board “Flicks at the Whitt” free film series are hosted.
  5. 5. CAMPUS TREASURES Walk south on Indiana Avenue from 8th Street (passing Dunn Meadow) to the Sample Gates at Kirkwood Avenue. East of the Sample Gates you will see the Student Building (with the clock tower), one of nine university buildings built between 1884 and 1908 making up the “Old Crescent,” which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk east further into campus - away from the Sample Gates. On your right, you will pass the Chemistry Building, engraved with element and alchemy symbols on its limestone exterior walls, then Ballantine Hall, the largest academic building on campus at nine stories high. Walk up a hill to the back of Morrison Hall, one of the buildings of the Agnes E. Wells Quadrangle. Morrison Hall is home to two notable cultural resources: the Kinsey Institute and the Archives of Traditional Music. The Kinsey Institute promotes the study of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction, housing a library of materials and artifacts related to sexuality. A gallery with rotating exhibits of these materials is open for public viewing. The Archives of Traditional Music contains the United States’ largest university-based ethnographic sound archive of the world’s music and oral traditions. Its listening library and Friday noon lecture/concert series are open to the public.
  6. 6. The Thomas Hart Benton Murals can be viewed inside the IU Auditorium, the old University Theater and Woodburn Hall (on either side of the Lilly Library). The restored murals have constituted one of the university’s—and the state’s— greatest artistic treasures. At the same time, they have served as the focus of continued controversy, dispute, and dialogue within the university community. The IU Art Museum and the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts are visible from the front of the Lilly Library. One of the largest university art museums in the country, it contains works such as African masks, ancient jewelry, and works by artists such as Claude Monet, Diego Rivera and Èlisabeth Vigée-LeBrun. The Grunwald Gallery inside the School of Fine Arts displays the cutting-edge work of current art students. Both venues host evening events such as gallery walks and coffee house nights that provide opportunities for both viewing art and socializing.
  7. 7. The newest addition to the campus’ stock of outdoor sculpture is the bronze Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture on the walkway between the IU Auditorium and School of Fine Arts. It celebrates Bloomington native and IU alumnus Hoagy Carmichael, who went on to pen jazz standards such as “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul.” The Showalter Fountain in front of the Auditorium features a two-ton sculpture illustrating “The Birth of Venus.” Student ire over the dismissal of former IU Basketball coach Bob Knight led to the burglary of four of the fountain’s fish, which were later returned unharmed. Now walk west on 7th Street to the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union. Stairs between the parking lot and the building lead to the Dunn Cemetery and Beck Chapel. Dunn Cemetery is what remains of the private land sold by Moses F. Dunn to Indiana University in the late 19th century. Buried there are three sisters who cooked and made clothes for Revolutionary War soldiers. Nearby, Beck Chapel is a small nondenominational chapel where students can spend time in quiet reflection or study. There are copies of the Bible, Koran, and Torah for visitors to use. Each year around 150 wedding ceremonies take place there, many of them between students who met at IU. Beck Chapel is open seven days a week, and during finals week it is open 24 hours a day.

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