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Visual Evidence

Photo 5: Interior of Mitchell Hall, ca. 1962. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(USAFA, Special Collections)

SOM designed Mitchell Hall to seat the entire Cadet Wing (nearly 3,000 students) at one time. The dining hall is a vast open space with a 24-foot ceiling. A mezzanine level provided seating for senior personnel and quests. Mitchell Hall was expanded in 1966 to accommodate an additional 1,000 cadets.

Questions for Photo 5

1. What can you learn about cadet life from studying this photo?

2. Identify the mezzanine level. What was it used for? What other uses can you think of for this space?

3. Why do you think the hall was designed to seat all the cadets at one time? How difficult do you think it would have been to prepare and serve meals for 3,000 people simultaneously?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 5, but be aware that the file will take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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