Holsinger At 100: February 26, 1914

In our continuing series called “Holsinger At 100” we feature selections from the outstanding Holsinger Collection at University of Virginia Library exactly 100 years to the day after they were taken by Charlottesville photographer Rufus Holsinger.

getStaticImage-5This photograph, taken February 26, 1914, shows members of the UVA track team posing on a wooden track in the fields behind Madison Hall. This area, later to be known as “Mad Bowl,” also contained tennis courts and other athletic facilities.

getStaticImage-5 2Madison Hall was originally built as a Y.M.C.A.

DSC_3535Fayerweather Hall, directly across Rugby Road, was the university’s indoor sports facility 100 years ago. This building is now part of the Art Department. More about Fayerweather  in this recent post.

IMG_3063Mad Bowl, though still used for recreational sports, no longer has the track and tennis courts. Madison Hall is partially seen here on the left and Fayerweather Hall partially seen through the trees on the right. Rugby Road is just over the stone wall in this photograph. Despite the seemingly logical connection, the road was not named after the sport.  Find out what it is named for in this post from our Charlottesville Then and Now archives.

 Black and white photos courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library.
Color photographs by Steve Trumbull, ©2010-2014


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