5 things you didn’t know about Lindenwood


Phil Brahm | Lindenlink Managing Editor
Jan. 29, 2016; 12:25 p.m.

[su_heading size=”25″]Lindenwood’s Fitness Center was once a horse stable[/su_heading]

Evans Commons
The Lindenwood Fitness Center is located in the lower level on Evans Commons.
Photo by Phil Brahm

Starting in 1932, the university was home to an equesterian program. Originally formed by a group of 60 students and an advisor, the program lasted until 1981. The horses were kept where the Fitness Center currently stands.

[su_heading size=”25″]Billy Joel performed at Lindenwood[/su_heading]

Lindenwood's Jelkyl Theater
LU’s historic Jelkyl Theater in its current state after the announcement of its closing.
Photo by Mai Urai

In February of 1972, Joel performed in what was formerly known as Jelkyl Theater. Tickets to see the “Piano Man” were just $1. He has gone on to produce 13 albums and has sold over 150 million copies.

[su_heading size=”25″]Lindenwood was one of the first places in Missouri to own a telephone[/su_heading]

A phone at Lindenwood
Lindenwood now uses phones made by Cicso
Photo by Phil Brahm

In 1883, the college’s catalog boasted that the school had its own telephone connection. The line connected St. Charles to St. Louis. This came just seven years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the device.

[su_heading size=”25″]The old water tower has been a part of campus for 133 years [/su_heading]

The Old Water Tower at Lindenwood
The Old Water Tower is one of the oldest structures on Lindenwood’s campus.
Phil Brahm

According to the university’s archives, the old water tower was constructed in 1883. President Roemer used the water tower to hold a large neon sign that read “Lindenwood College” from the 1920s until the 1950s.

[su_heading size=”25″]Lindenwood used to pay students to recruit their friends[/su_heading]

Spellmann Center at Lindenwood
Students often use the Spellmann Center as a place to study or hang out between classes
Photo by Phil Brahm

Looking for a way to increase enrollment at the college, starting in 1907 patron James Bulter offered students $25 for each person they helped recruit. Based on the value of the dollar today, the incentive was worth over $600 and helped quadruple enrollment over the course of 21 years.

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Information was provided by LU Archivist Paul Huffman