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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Catholic U: 1915

Catholic U: 1915

Circa 1915. "Catholic University, Washington. Main building." Which has a certain Gothic majesty in monochrome. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Current Student Here

That's Caldwell Hall, all right. I recognize the striped window-coverings -- those are still there! And the top floor is said to be haunted. The area around it looks completely different now, unfortunately.

Overcompensation of perspective

It took me a few seconds to figure out what's odd about this image. The usual perspective distortion that's created from tilting the camera up is reversed. The photographer must have tilted the film plane down and raised the lens. I'll have to try this next time I'm shooting an imposing building with the 4x5 as it's a kind of interesting effect.

Caldwell Hall

With all due respect to Anonymous Alumnus, this is Caldwell Hall, the oldest building on campus, still fully in use. It is the center of the Theology School, which makes the Gothic majesty fully appropriate.

Marist Hall

I went to Catholic. That's Marist Hall.

 
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