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Aerial View of Judd Gymnasia

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Aerial View of Judd Gymnasia
A photograph of Judd Gymnasia taken from just above the treeline. The main focus of this image is the top two floors of the tower that sits between the “east” and “west” gymnasiums which was completed in June of 1926.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Judd Gymnasia Records
International Young Men's Christian Association College
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Judd Gymnasia
Springfield College
Springfield College--Buildings
Springfield (Mass.)
Aerial photographs
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Springfield College
Judd Gymnasia was the first building erected on the new land purchased for the YMCA Training School, now Springfield College, along Massasoit Lake in Springfield, Massachusetts. Morrissey and Shea’s Corporation completed construction on the building in September of 1894 and it was formally opened on October 26, 1894. The original gymnasium, known today as East Gymnasium, was where James Naismith taught classes and coached the school’s basketball team however it is not the gymnasium where basketball was invented. In 1910, trustees authorized the addition of a second gymnasium and swimming pool. The new gymnasium, completed in February of 1912, was designed by architect Edward Lippincott Tilton and known as West Gymnasium. The entire building was renovated in 2010, with occupancy beginning in September of 2010. A formal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open Judd Gymnasia was held on October 13, 2010. Another ceremony was held on May 19, 2011 as a Dedication of the Stitzer YMCA Center that makes up a part of the facilities in the building, including the use of the East Gymnasium as a conference center for the YMCA and the Office of YMCA Relations and the YMCA Hall of Fame in the Springfield College History Museum.
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