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The changing faces of our campuses

vendredi, 29 juillet 2016   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan (Alumni Office)
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I noticed recently that our photographic archives include a couple of aerial shots of La Grande Boissière taken from more or less the same angle, one from the 1930s and one from the 1970s. I realized that, using a screenshot from Google Earth to show the campus today, we could create an animated GIF that demonstrates how the campus has changed over the past 80 years.


A bigger version of the above loop can be found here:

Et à La Châtaigneraie?

We also have a very early photo of the La Chât campus, probably dating from the 1920s (or perhaps 1930s), when the Ecole Nouvelle du Léman was present on the site. It had been founded in 1908. A couple of other schools subsequently took up residence at La Chât before the International School of Geneva merged with the Lycée des Nations, which had expanded onto the site in the mid-1970s.

The loop below shows the many buildings that have been added at La Chât over the past century. (Unfortunately we haven't yet tracked down a suitable photo from the 1970s or 80s to fill in the intermediate step as in the loop above.)


The La Chât GIF can be downloaded here:

I'll leave it to a future incumbent of this office to create a similar loop for the Campus des Nations, which has a much shorter history.


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David S. Pearson says...
Posted samedi, 4 mars 2017
Great picture of La Chat. I have some old pictures in slide format. I remember there was nothing there but the main building, an old 'hut" for the pigs and the swimming pool which never was usable after 1954. Lots of trees for us to play in and then nothing but meadows for the cows. There was a stream running through the woods which when we dammed it up it then flooded the meadows. Lots of cows standing ankle deep in water. Probably the only fun we ever really had there. Except for playing soccer there was little to do there. Don't really have a lot of fond memories of La Chat during the 1950s.

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