Lot # 8: 1897 Blueprint for OSU's Armory and Gymnasium

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $250.00

Bids: 3 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Ohio Field Auction",
which ran from 8/11/2021 12:00 PM to
8/28/2021 8:00 PM

Original Blueprint from January 27, 1897, for the iconic rafters in Ohio State's Armory and Gymnasium. As noted in the bottom right of the blueprint, this is just the "Details for Arched Girders for Gymnasium & Drill Hall at The O.S.U." These blueprints were drawn by the prominent Yost & Packard Architects from Columbus, Ohio. The multipurpose facility had a gymnasium, canvas running track, seats for 750, two swimming pools, and a cannon room. Constructed in 1898 for a total cost of $115,000, the Armory was designed to resemble a medieval castle. Ohio State's first ever basketball game was played on December 2, 1898, when they defeated East High School 25-4 at The Armory. In 1918, the U.S. Army took over the building and used it for troop housing during World War I. The building stood through a fire in 1935. Another fire devastated the building in 1958, damaging it beyond repair. The building was demolished in 1959. There are some stains, as seen in the pictures, and a few places where the paper has separated at the folds. Measures approximately 39" x 35" and would look beautiful matted and framed in any Buckeye Room!

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