When WVU built its Agricultural Sciences Building on the former Evans farm in 1961, what became the Evansdale Campus was still open land with a wide view. The first two units of the Towers residence hall opened in 1965, which is about the year this black and white photograph was taken.

What a difference 50 years makes—mainly, just the past two years. In the foreground of this photo, taken from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Chairman Jacky Prucz’s eighth-floor office in Engineering Sciences, is the roof of the 1990 Engineering Research Building. Brick buildings beyond that are the 2015 Advanced Engineering Research Building and the 2016 Agricultural Sciences Building. The old Ag Sciences structure, now barely visible in the middle of it all, is slated for demolition.

Then & Now is published in partnership with WVU Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center.  wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu