Built - 1927
Dedicated - October 8, 1927
Cost of Construction - $50,000
Architect - Brinton Davis
Namesake - W.L. "Gander" Terry was a Marion native. He was a former football player, an athletic director, an assistant football coach and a head football coach. He also played on the old football field where the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center now stands. Terry graduated in 1927 and was inducted in the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He died in 1991 at the age of 83. The colonnade was dedicated to him on July 23, 2003.
This Classic Revival colonnade once served as the entryway to an athletic stadium. It was built at an original cost of $50,000 and was completed in November 1927. The Stadium replaced a limestone quarry on the northeast side of campus. Lights were installed in 1946, and metal bleachers replaced wooden bleachers in 1963. Constructed of limestone by the Raymond Construction Company of Bowling Green, this colonnade contributes to the character of the campus. Although the athletic field has been replaced by the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts center, the stadium seats continue to serve as an amphitheater.
Historic Architecture at Western Kentucky University, Kentucky Library & Museum, 1998.
1946 - lights $15,000, seven 80 foot towers each with eighteen 1500 watt lights
1970 - fenced, gravel walkway repaired, signage, seeding
1998 - pressure washed and sealed, removal of wooden seats $30,000
2007 - $225,000 restoration of interior brick and exterior limestone
College Heights Herald
1927 - Apr. p. 1, May p. 7
1930 - Oct. p. 5
1987 -Apr. 16, p. 2
1998 - May 5, p. 18
Batchelder, Matt. Colonnade Gets Needed Repairs, May 5, 1998
Clark, Ashlee. Colonnade Given Formal Name, Aug. 28, 2003
Colonnade Gets Needed Repairs, May 5, 1998, p. 18
Farner, Keith. Colonnade Used to be the Place to Watch Pigskin Fly, Oct. 24, 2002
Hill, Zack. Stadium, Jan. 31, 1939
Howerton, Christina. Western Planning Colonnade Rehab, Oct. 16, 2007
Teachers College Heights:
The New Stadium, July 1926 -
Notice, September 1926 -
Park City Daily News:
Hilltoppers are Winners Over 11 of Transylvania, Oct. 17, 1927
Hunter, Wales. Clean Sweep, photo, Apr. 29, 1998
The Way it Was, Feb. 24, 1980
Western Dedicates Her New Stadium with Win by 61 to 0 Over Bethel, Oct. 10, 1927
Western Teachers and Bethel College Grid Teams are Opponents, Oct. 6, 1927
Documents & Primary Sources
UA1B2/1 WKU Anniversaries - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/190/
UA1C1 Campus Views - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/25/
UA1C2/80 Stadium & Colonnade - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/26/
UA1C3 Portraits - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/68/
UA1C4 Groups - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/28/
UA1C5/5 Athletics - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/29/
UA1C6 Events - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/30/
UA1C11/1 Public Relations Collection - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/38/
UA1C11/5 Athletic Media Relations Collection - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/75/
UA1C11/6 Leon Garrett Digital Collection - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/37/
UA1C11/22 Cherry Family Collection - Photos Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/131/
UA1C11/29 Franklin Studios Collection - http://www.wku.edu/library/archive/206.php
UA1C11/40 Thomas Tichenor Collection
Articles on Western Buildings - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1827/
UA2/2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/1927/mtgs/2/
UA3/1/8 Henry Cherry Scrapbooks - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/286/
UA11 University Relations
UA30/1/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/
Historic Architecture at Western Kentucky University - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1786/
Walk Talk - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1785/
Heavy white paper with matte finish. 1.5 cm. white border around the whole, then a 3 cm. black border. A poster commemorating the centennial of Western Kentucky University. The poster features a large rendition of the Henry Hardin Cherry Statue, the colonnade, and the fifty year pylon, and the Guthrie Tower cupola. In large red letters "WKU" is featured at the top, and in black letters with red background "A Century of Spirit" appears at the bottom. Art work by Matt Tullos of the WKU Art Dept. One copy is signed by Tullos at the bottom. 63.5 x 38 cm.
Images of the Stadium and Colonnade.
Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.
Photographs created by Franklin Studios arranged in numerical order. Images are generally numbered and duplicates are found throughout the WKU Archives Photograph Collections, especially for individual buildings. See container list for list of images in other locations.
Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries
Transparencies created by Talisman photographers for publication in the yearbook.
College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Beshear, Steve Fletcher, Ernie Iphones Moore, Brad Ramadan Shantytown
College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 18 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4482">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4482</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Bowling Green Brewing Company Brazelton, Tyrone Clooney, Nick Conceal Carry Corwin, Jeff Cowles, Mary Gideon, Jenna Kelly, Crystal Lee, Courtney Listservs Magley, D.J. Magley, Jessica Project Finish Selig, Wood Walker, Elaine
Film of WKU homecoming. Run time 10:31. Includes footage of the bonfire, football practice, parade, queen contestants, Alice Chumbley and Dianne Robinson, Central City marching band and queen coronation. This film has been digitized and is available online at: https://youtu.be/LjqGn-YHGjg If you recognize this film and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.
Film of WKU scenes. Run time 45:00. Includes footage of campus buildings, unidentified construction, Ft. Albert Sidney Johnston, cheerleading camp, football practice, cafeteria, classrooms, downtown Bowling Green and Joe Downing exhibit. This film has been digitized and is available online at: https://youtu.be/Fz3MQtJim3g If you recognize this film and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.
Color image of the Colonnade and lights.
Colonnade and stadium.
Unidentified student running in Old Stadium. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send us feedback - above.
Color print of unidentified students walking along the Colonnade. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send us feedback - above.
Unidentified students at the Colonnade. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send us feedback - above.
Postcard of the colonnade. Entrance to stadium, Western Kentucky State College.