I like to imagine my uncle, George W Downs, as an undergraduate in physics at Caltech, walking past the campus buildings (part 1)…
entering the Athenaeum,
enjoying the warm colors of the vaulted ceiling with trompe l’oeil coffers and rosettes,
or the entrance to the Gates Laboratory of Chemistry,
looking for a quiet place to study,
catching a glimpse of a familiar countenance,
perhaps enjoying a pipe together
in a quiet alcove……..
lovely design inspiration from the 1930’s.
Although his tenure as a student was cut short, Caltech was to remain a part of my uncle’s life until his death.