The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 11, 1991, Summer, Page 5, Image 5

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    East Campus project swings into completion
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Staff Reporter _
The view from the swing won’t be
quite the same, but the recreation of
the porch on a 1898 East Campus
frame house will offer some perspec
tive on East Campus history, the project
manager said.
Kevin Herr, assistant landscape
architect at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, said he did his best to recre
ate the porch as it was on the frame
house that housed one of the first
superintendents of the State Farm,
which was the name fbr East Cam
Construction of the memorial porch
will be completed in the next few
days, Herr said.
He said the porch, which is located
straight south of the Agricultural
Communications Building, is a rep
lica of the one found on S.W. “Dad”
Perin’s house.
The house, which served as a home
for male students taking classes on
*~uy campus, was lorn aownin iv/j,
Herr said. No buildings from the era
are left, he said.
The only authentic remains are the
lilacs, Norway spruces and cedar trees
that surround the white porch, Herr
Rosebushes, of varieties that might
have been brought to Nebraska be
fore the university was founded, are a
new addition.
The 12-by-27-fool porch has glider
type swings for students and faculty
membersealing lunch,or Dairy Store
customers, Herr said.
In addition to providing a place to
spend leisure time, the porch will
serve to beautify East Campus, while
adding a historical feature, Herr said.
The project, which cost $8,400,
was financed by the William G.
Whitmore memorial fund. Whitmore
served on the NU Board of Regents
from 1902 to 1916 and was interested
in campus beautification.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Scotety
This photo, taken on July 4,1898, shows the frame-house porch that served as a model for a
porch being reconstructed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. Laura Helen
Courtney Perin, wife of former State Farm superintendent S. W. “Dad” Perin, sits on the right
of the porch, decorated with flags and bunting for Independence Day. A hired girl, Katie Buffan
(left) is reading. Between them, Perin’s daughters Edna (left) and Hazel show off their dolls
Grace and Daisie. Both the superintendents home and the porch were torn down in 1923.
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