PATTEN GYMNASIUM is the name of two multi-purpose gymnasiums in
Evanston, Illinois , United States, on the campus of Northwestern
University . The original building, designed by George Washington
Maher , opened in 1910 and was home to the Northwestern Wildcats
men\'s basketball team until 1940, when it was demolished to make room
for the construction of the
Technological Institute . The current
Patten Gymnasium opened in 1940 and hosted the men's basketball team
for 12 years before
Welsh-Ryan Arena opened in 1952. The ivy-lined
building has the doors and statues from the old gym. It currently is
the home to the women's fencing team intramural sports program and
also has offices and locker rooms for the women\'s lacrosse , field
hockey , and men's and women's soccer teams. It is named for James A.
Patten , former Evanston mayor, philanthropist, commodities broker and
NU board of trustees president.
In 1999, the swimming pool area, which had been unused since 1987,
was renovated and transformed into the Gleacher Golf Center. At the
time that it opened, the Gleacher Center was the only facility of its
kind in collegiate golf, featuring a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2)
pitching and putting green with an adjacent sand trap. Original
Patten Gymnasium in 1908, demolished in 1940
The original Patten Gymnasium, which had seating for 1,000 people,
hosted the first
NCAA Men\'s Division I Basketball Championship game
The sculptures "Physical Development" and "Intellectual Development"
by the artist
Hermon Atkins MacNeil
Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866- 1947), affectionately
nicknamed "Pat and Jim" and also known as "The Athlete and the
Scholar", which had been exhibited in front of the original Patten
Gymnasium starting in 1916, are now placed as sentinels at the sides
of the successor gymnasium's front entrance.
* ^ Says, Webmaster (30 October 2010). "MacNeil’s “Pat and
Jim” (Patten Gym) Remembered". Hermon A. MacNeil.
* ^ "Digication e-Portfolio :: Discover Chicago :: Final Project".