Bartlett Gymnasium is a former athletic facility on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that has been converted into a campus dining hall. Construction of the building took place between November,1901 and January,1904 on land owned by the university, the cost of construction, however, was covered by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company owner Adolphus C. The gymnasium was built as a memorial for A. C. Bartletts son, Frank Dickinson Bartlett, upon completion, the Gothic style building was 200 feet by 80 feet with 2 stories and a basement. This gym also includes a 12 foot wide, 1/13 of a mile, additionally, the ground floor contained locker rooms, faculty exercising room, a 60 foot long by 28 foot wide swimming pool, bathrooms and offices. The basement was focused on specialized rooms for athletic teams, in 1932, the team moved into the newly built Henry Crown Field House, and the building became underutilized and fell into disrepair. In 2002, the gymnasium was remodeled to become a dining hall. Upon its completion, the gymnasium contained a mural within the front entrance hall created by Frederic Clay Bartlett, the mural depicts Athletic Games in the Middle Ages with the participants dressed in appropriate attire. The gym also included the Bartlett Memorial Window, presented to the university by William Gold Hibbard, the stained-glass was taken from Walter Scotts Ivanhoe and represents Rowena crowning Ivanhoe at the close of the second days tournament at Ashby de la Zouche. The window was designed and drawn by Edward P. Sperry, over 15,000 pieces of glass were used in the construction of the window. The window was placed above the entrance of the gymnasium. In 2001, during the renovation of the gymnasium, the university removed the stained-glass with a promise to restore, the dedication ceremony took place immediately following the annual football dinner hosted by President Harper. Addresses to the included, The Presentation Address by Adolphus C. The presentations took place on the floor of the new gymnasium. The invocation was given by Reverend Professor Edward Judson D. D. of the Divinity School followed by the previously mentioned speeches, following the addresses, a reception, hosted by President and Mrs. Harper, was held within the gym. Historic images of Bartlett Gymnasium Remodel of Bartlett Gymnasium Official website
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This drawing by Frederic Clay Bartlett was utilized by Edward Peck Sperry while creating the Frank Dickinson Bartlett Memorial Window.