Unlock some of Regis’ best-kept secrets at these 5 spots on campus
Every college campus has its stories to tell and secrets to share. Regis is no exception. Here are five places that probably won’t come up on the typical campus tour, yet they reveal some of the coolest and most important moments in the University’s history.
North Denver (Lowell) Campus, Southwest Corner
It looks like just another wall, but this section of the original campus perimeter was actually preserved in honor of a student stand against the Ku Klux Klan. In the mid-1920s the Jesuits heard the KKK was planning a march on Regis with the intent to burn a cross on campus. The Jesuits called on students to protect their school and the call was answered. Regis students were posted every 5 feet armed with baseball bats. The KKK, organizing a few blocks away, received word of this and disbanded. See the plaque commemorating this event at the far south end of the wall.
President’s Dining Room, Carroll Hall, Second Floor
You might recognize these two guys – Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton. But do you recognize the room? Around here we call it the President’s Dining Room, and it’s where the two leaders spoke during their historic meeting Aug. 12, 1993. Inside you can sit in the chairs that once provided adequate lumbar support for a pope and president.
Physics Lab, Felix Pomponio Family Science Center, Ground Floor
Inside this physics lab is one of Regis’ best-kept secrets. Just past the shelves of science-fiction-looking gadgets, down a set of stairs into the subbasement, you will find concrete blocks that were probe columns for at least two seismographs installed in the 1960s. Regis was once extremely active in the study of seismology. Its efforts can be traced back to at least 1909, when Father Armand W. Forstall, S.J., installed a seismograph beneath the stairs of Main Hall. That original machine was the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region.
Basement, Main Hall
Built in 1887, Main Hall has been here since the beginning. The building interior has been updated over the years with one notable exception – the basement, where narrow corridors and cobwebbed artifacts suggest a time long past. The crown jewel is an ancient boiler with “College of the Sacred Heart” written on it, which dates back to at least 1921, the year the University was renamed “Regis.”
Weeping American Elm, Northwest of O’Connell Hall
If you’ve never hugged a tree, Regis is probably a good place to start. After all, the North Denver (Lowell) Campus was dedicated as an arboretum in 2000. This Weeping American Elm is probably the campus’ most recognizable tree. The largest of its kind in the state, this beauty’s flowing locks shift from gorgeous green to summer pink and ultimately autumn gold. But the real secret lies beneath those flowing tresses. Duck below to the canopy to experience sweet shade and take in the view of the ever-unfurling branches.
There is so much more to see. Schedule a tour of campus to get all the highlights.