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Halls and Stairs

Oral histories from alumni provide us with memories of the crowded halls and busy stairwells within Old Main. These areas served as not only paths, but also meeting places for students and faculty travelling between classes and offices.

Ellen Hendrix remembers learning the proper stairway etiquette:

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Four Corners

One does not read long or listen much to stories of Old Main without encountering references to Four Corners. This was the place in Old Main where the east-west and north-south hallways came together, creating four corners. At “fohre-kohrners,” as the was humorously referred to in the 1937 Index, students waited for each other, read copies of the Vidette, ISNU’s student newspaper, and checked the bulletin boards for goings-on about campus.


Dolly Seacord earned her degree in Commerce with a minor in Physical Education; hear her talk about Old Main’s Four Corners:

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Robert and Verda Maurer, who met and dated while at ISNU, recall the most notable feature of the inside of Old Main:

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Source: 1939 Index


Repairs to stairway-- maybe to the Old Main basement? Source: 1941 Index

“Four Corners,” 1941 Index


Checking out the bulletin board at Four Corners, 1941 Index


Old Main Project
Normal, Il 61790-4660
Phone: (309) 438-8668

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