The University of Guelph was formally established in 1964, out of the amalgamation of three other institutions: the Ontario Agricultural College, the Macdonald Institute, and the Ontario Veterinary College. These institutions had roots stretching back into the 19th century. My brother studied here, and took me on a tour of some of the sprawling main campus, which lies south of the downtown core. We start with War Memorial Hall, a lecture hall erected as a memorial to students from the OAC who served and died in the First World War. Unfortunately the building was locked; my brother has attended classes in here and said it's quite a sight inside.
We carried on across the lawn.
This portico stands on the lawn. It was the entrance for the Frederick Stone farmhouse, where classes for the OAC were first held. The portico is still here, used for grad photos.
The path carried on past older and newer buildings.
This cannon is at the heart of the campus. It's called Old Jeremiah. It does not fire- the cannon was last fired in 1913 and plugged. And yes, it is routinely painted and repainted as a student tradition. It is apparently now concreted into place so that it can't be moved. There are stories of this thing being moved all over campus... and off campus.
Here we have a view inside the university centre building.
A trophy case for the university sports teams. Collectively the teams use the Gryphon name. More from the university tomorrow.