Sunday, August 25, 2019

University Of Guelph

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.


  1. Ah yes! Young men just have to leave their mark on something, even a cannon.

  2. Hello, it is a beautiful campus. The Memorial Hall is impressive. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. wishing you a great new week ahead.

  3. A very imposing building. I found it funny that the cannon is now concreted into place and that it gets painted by the students. Have a lovely Sunday

  4. My old stomping grounds. I graduated from War Mem Hall.

  5. I like touring around universities. Most have a long history, like my alma mater, Ryerson, as well as new additions.

  6. The portico is a great place for photos!

  7. @Linda: true!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Sami: it's amusing!

    @Anvilcloud: you know it well.

    @Jennifer: it's true of many campuses.

    @Marie:it is.

  8. ...a campus need a place for graduation photo and this is a great one.

  9. Good to know that young Canadians are getting a good education still, in a setting that definitely is inspiring!

  10. The veterinary college has a long history of being highly respected.

  11. very cool details. enjoy the columns. happy Sunday. ( ;

  12. It looks like a beautiful campus.

  13. That cannon is delightful. I'm sure it was moved often until the university got it in place for keeps. :-)

  14. Wonderful series of photos of the university ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. A beautiful university and campus.
    Moving the cannon around sounds like typical young men's behavior. :)

  16. An impressive building. Amusing to hear student behaviour is the same the world over.

  17. @Tom: it is.

    @Barbara: definitely.

    @Red: yes it does.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Sharon: it is indeed.

    @DJan: it was.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Bill: it would be.

    @Fun60: true!

  18. I love the camaraderie Old Jeremiah represents. An academy near me has a huge boulder that each year's graduating class can paint as they wish. This past year it was separated into two boulders, one for men, one for women.

  19. I have never seen that campus so thanks for the mini tour!

  20. Love the portico. Looks beautiful on the lawn!

  21. The War Memorial is a beautiful building William, such a shame we couldn't see inside this time. Old Jeremiah wouldn't have been easy to move about ☺

  22. I think you may have to return to Guelph just to get a peek inside that one fabulous looking building!

  23. @Joanne: I imagine that cannon will look quite different in a couple of weeks after the fall session starts.

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Tamago: I agree.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Grace: it wouldn't, no!

    @Jeanie: I should!

  24. I enjoyed seeing your photographs, it certainly looks a very nice campus.

    All the best Jan

  25. What a wonderful college experience such a place must provide!

  26. I'm guessing the buildings predate the amalgamation. It looks like a great place to study.

  27. Uma Universidade com muito história, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

  28. @Jan: it is.

    @Cloudia: it would!

    @Kay: I imagine some of the buildings are from the Ontario Agricultural College, such as the War Memorial Hall. The Veterinary College moved its operations up this way in the 1920s, and no doubt operated side by side with the OAG until the amalgamation of all three institutions into the university.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Mike: I agree!