This post if going to be more of a photo spread of one of my favorite buildings on campus: Romney Gym. Below is the description of Romney from the MSU website.
Romney Gym was named for Ott Romney, Bobcat football and basketball coach in the 1920s. Romney is now home to Department of Health and Human Development faculty who teach in nutrition, health enhancement k-12, and health and human performance; Extension Nutrition programs; Team Nutrition; MUS Employee Wellness; and two movement science labs. It is located on West Grant Street, across from Hosaeus PE Complex and west of the Strand Union Building
Now this building is one of my favorites because it has so much history. Besides it is large and majestic and full of mystery. As approaching Romney this is what you will see from the mall. As you see there is currently a ton of snow. It is even more beautiful when surround my sprawling green grass.
Once I get closer to Romney I am always in awe of its structure and the details of the architecture.
Upon entering the building it isn’t super exciting besides that it appears to be old and outdated. You have the climb the stairs to the third floor in order to reach the gym which is looks like this…
The only national championship that MSU ever one in men’s basketball was in this gym. I love this space so much, there is rarely anybody ever in it so it is a nice place to escape to if you need to get away from college life and be alone in a place full of wonder. The old bleachers in the gym always get me thinking of the people who have sat on them. The families. The kids who played underneath them after their attention span drew them away the game. Together with other children they enter an imaginary space, a community under the bleachers in which other they belonged.
To the west of the gym on the same floor sits the dance studio which is actually way larger than one would expect.
You can maybe see me in the mirror taking the photo, its impossible in a room full of mirrors to not be in the photo. This space is great as well. They hold various dance classes in there and different student organization use the space for different events. I really enjoyed the large dance bar and the vertical radiators that line the wall.
Well this was an insight into the beauty of Romney I highly recommend upon arriving at MSU to checking this building out. Maybe it will be your escape like it is mine. If so maybe I will bump into you under the bleachers.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” - Winston Churchill