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Walker Hall

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, September 28, 2011
1. Walker Hall Marker
Inscription.  Edgar Smith Walker was born June 3, 1858, in Cooper County, Missouri. He was educated in country schools and lived on a farm until the age of 18. While attending the University of Missouri, he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1883, and was appointed a second lieutenant of infantry in the U.S. Army. He fought Native Americans in the Northwest, and taught for three years at the Missouri Military Academy. Following additional Service at Army posts in the U.S. and Alaska Territory, Walker was assigned to the Philippines, where in 1906 he commanded a battalion against insurgencies in Sumar and Leyte. He retired from active service that year. From 1908 until 1919, Col. Walker served as professor of military science and commandant of cadets at the University of Florida. From 1920 until 1936, he taught in the College of Engineering. Upon his death on January 1, 1955, in Gainesville, Col. Walker had been the oldest living graduate of West Point.

Built in 1926 as the Mechanical Engineering Building, this was the first major project of Rudolph Weaver in his role as architect to the Florida
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2. Walker Hall Marker (wide view)
Board of Control. The contractor was the O.P. Woodcock Company. Weaver's design is faithful to the Collegiate Gothic style that predominates on the University campus, using red brick with stone detailing and a red clay tile roofing. In 1949 the building was re-dedicated in honor of Col. Walker. The south facade was changed in 1954, connecting Walker Hall to the new University [later Carleton] Auditorium. In 1973, a further renovation introduced air conditioning and Walker Hall was adapted to house the Department of Mathematics, which later moved to Little Hall. Walker Hall is part of the University of Florida Historic Campus District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 29° 38.976′ N, 82° 20.506′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Union Road 0.1 miles east of Newell Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of the Walker Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1489 Union Road, Gainesville FL 32611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grinter Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Mechanic Arts (within shouting distance of this marker); Latin American Studies (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marshall M. Criser
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(about 300 feet away); African Studies (about 300 feet away); Peabody Hall (about 300 feet away); University Auditorium (about 400 feet away); Children’s Literature Collection (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
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1. Col. Edgar Smith Walker. Walker fought in the Indian Wars and was subsequently honored by membership in the Order of Indian Wars. He was retired for disability after the Spanish American War, but served nonetheless during World War I as a recruiting officer for the state of Florida. Walker served the University of Florida as Commandant of Cadets and Professor of Military Science from 1908 until 1919. Although Walker retired from serving as Commandant of Cadets in 1919, he continued to teach on a part time basis up until 1945, when he would have been 87. (Submitted on January 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Walker Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville. Walker Hall, originally known as the Mechanical Engineering Building, is an historic classroom building on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, in the United States. Contributing Building - University of Florida Campus Historic District - National Register of Historic Places
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NRIS #89000322. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 1989. (Submitted on January 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on January 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 23, 2020