These Were Builders

Rockwell Hall

November 7, 1928 is an historic date in the growth and develop ­ ment of the State College. On that day, in a simple and quiet cere ­ mony, ground was broken at a new location for the college. Across the street from the beautiful Greek style art gallery on Elmwood Avenue, a group of civic leaders and guests vitally interested in teacher education in Buffalo met for the important occasion. George ?. Fisk, commissioner of public works; Dr. Harry V. Rockwell, principal of the Teachers College; Edward H. Sutler, presi ­ dent of the Board of Managers; and Mayor Frank X. Schwab spoke at the ceremony. All commented on the advantages of the new location and the hopes for the future growth of the institution. Commissioner Fisk called the group together around a steam shovel that was waiting to do the actual excavation. He introduced Dr. Rockwell who commented, "Although we have planned only a simple ceremony today, I come very much impressed with the significance of it. We are taking the steps here that are going to assure for use a fine educational institution which many have worked for and dreamed of for years." At a signal, the steam shovel was put into action, and the first bit of sod was turned over. The workmen continued the activity as the guests departed. On October 9> 1929 5 another milestone passed into the history of the college. In a moving and impressive ceremony, the cornerstone was laid in the new partially completed administration building. The day was beautiful, and there was much significance in the solemn

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