WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you're driving west on State Street in West Lafayette and don't realize you've hit Purdue's campus, you will now.
Purdue University opened it's new $1.9M campus gateway this week, just in time for commencement. It faces southeast on the corner of State and Grant Streets.
The arch is part of Purdue's commitment to create more campus gateways, according to the university. Purdue outlined it's 50-year master plan last year, saying it would add several markers to symbolize the start of physical campus. The arch opens up a busy corner leading to the Purdue Memorial Union.
The center pillars, made of red brick and limestone, stands 19 feet tall with four 14 foot tall pillars surrounding it, according to Purdue Facilities. The space under the arch is roughly 16 feet wide.
The corner used to be home to a stone marker that was paid for in 1984. According to a Purdue spokesperson, students raised funds to build the marker to honor former Dean of Students Beverley Stone. The students in the Panhellenic Council sold flowers at the beginning of the term for many years until they raised sufficient funds.
Purdue Physical Facilities said it has the old marker safely in storage, and is "evaluating options for reuse."
A time line for future gateway construction has not yet been developed.