Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, non-sectarian research university. The main campus, which is open to the public, contains the university’s first building, the Hall of Languages. It was originally the College of Arts and Sciences, which covered just about everything in a college curriculum of the time. That building, still in use, is impressive.
A short distance away from this building is a corner of the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle, referred to by students as “the quad”.
The quad is a rectangular grassy expanse surrounded by a mix of academic buildings, a library, a chapel and various works of art. I spent a pleasant spring morning wandering around the edge of the quad, stopping in to visit some of the buildings (most impressive was Hendricks Chapel) and checking out the artworks.
The chapel was commissioned in 1920 by Senator Francis Hendricks in honor of his wife, Eliza Jane. Designed by the architectural firm of Pope and Baum, it was intended as a place of worship for people of all faiths.
Among the sculptures displayed on the quad, one of the most impressive was the “Saltine Worrior” by Louise Kaish, a former student at Syracuse. The sculpture used a member of the Onondaga Nation as a model.