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This Is Penn State

An Insider's Guide to the University Park Campus Penn State Press
  • Copyright: 2005
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 9
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Illustrations: 50 color/65 b&w illustrations/
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-02720-3
  • Series Name: Keystone Books®

Hundreds of buildings, thousands of people, countless stories—there’s always more to learn about Penn State, no matter how much time you’ve spent there. This Is Penn State: An Insider’s Guide to the University Park Campus will enlighten anyone with an interest in the University, from visiting parents to lifelong State College residents.

This Is Penn State documents the rich history beneath the surface of the Penn State experience, offering facts and figures, essays and anecdotes, obscure trivia, notable quotations, and a wealth of other information about Penn State’s past, present, and future. Forty of the University’s most prominent buildings and areas are highlighted, accompanied by more than 120 illustrations, ranging from historical photographs to architectural sketches of buildings not yet completed.

Essays by veteran Penn Staters Leon Stout, Craig Zabel, and Gabriel Welsch cover Penn State’s history, architecture, and changing physical landscape. And when you want to get outside and see the campus firsthand, This Is Penn State is your guidebook to University Park. The four detailed maps take you on a west-to-east walking tour of Penn State’s buildings, allowing you to understand the development of each area of campus.

Over the last 150 years, Penn State has been devoted to scholarship, research, and community service. In honor of the University’s sesquicentennial and in celebration of the Press’s fiftieth anniversary, the Penn State Press is proud to offer This Is Penn State as its gift to everyone who feels a connection with “dear old State.”





Penn State’s University Park Campus: Its Evolution and Growth

Leon J. Stout

West Campus

Hintz Family Alumni Center

Steidle Building

West Halls

Social Sciences

Keller/Mateer Buildings

Nittany Lion Inn

Nittany Lion Shrine

Recreation Hall

Burrowes Fraternities

Information Sciences and Technology Building

Leonhard/Earth and Engineering Sciences Buildings

Sackett/Hammond Buildings

A Historical Reflection on the Architecture of Penn State

Craig Zabel

Central Campus

The Mall

Old Main

Schwab Building

Carnegie Building

Old Botany Building

Burrowes/Sparks Buildings

Pattee and Paterno Libraries

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Eisenhower Chapel

Music I/Music II/Arts Buildings and Playhouse Theater

Stuckeman Family Building for the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Palmer Museum of Art


Pavilion Theatre

Old Ag Hill Group

Life Sciences/Chemistry Buildings


Eberly College of Science

HUB–Robeson Center

Student Services

Schreyer Honors College

What Endures: The Landscape at University Park

Gabriel Welsch

East Campus

Eisenhower Auditorium

Agriculture Sciences Complex

Smeal College of Business

School of Forest Resources Building

Athletic Facilities

Shields/Wagner Buildings

Bryce Jordan Center

Beaver Stadium

Innovation Park

Selected Bibliography



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