Patten Gymnasium

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Patten Gymnasium
NU Patten Gymnasium.JPG
Location2407 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60208
Coordinates42°03′41″N 87°40′37″W / 42.061401°N 87.676948°W / 42.061401; -87.676948
OwnerNorthwestern University
OperatorNorthwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation
Northwestern Wildcats (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1940–1952)
Women's fencing (1976–present)

Patten Gymnasium is the name of two multi-purpose gymnasiums (one past and one present) in Evanston, Illinois, United States, on the campus of Northwestern University. The original building, designed by George Washington Maher, opened in 1910 and was home to the Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball team until 1940, when it was demolished to make room for the construction of the Technological Institute. The current Patten Gymnasium opened in 1940 and hosted the men's basketball team for 12 years before Welsh-Ryan Arena opened in 1952. The ivy-lined building has the doors and statues from the old gym. It currently is the home to the women's fencing team intramural sports program and also has offices and locker rooms for the women's lacrosse, field hockey, and men's and women's soccer teams. It is named for James A. Patten, former Evanston mayor, philanthropist, commodities broker and NU board of trustees president.

In 1999, the swimming pool area, which had been unused since 1987, was renovated and transformed into the Gleacher Golf Center. At the time that it opened, the Gleacher Center was the only facility of its kind in collegiate golf, featuring a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) pitching and putting green with an adjacent sand trap.

Original Patten Gymnasium in 1908, demolished in 1940

The original Patten Gymnasium, which had seating for 1,000 people, hosted the first NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game in 1939.

The sculptures "Physical Development" and "Intellectual Development" by the artist Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866- 1947), affectionately nicknamed "Pat and Jim" (contractions of "Patten" and "gymnasium") and also known as "The Athlete and the Scholar", which had been exhibited in front of the original Patten Gymnasium starting in 1916, are now placed as sentinels at the sides of the successor gymnasium's front entrance.[1][2]


  1. ^ Says, Webmaster (30 October 2010). "MacNeil's "Pat and Jim" (Patten Gym) Remembered". Hermon A. MacNeil.
  2. ^ "Digication e-Portfolio :: Discover Chicago :: Final Project".

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Preceded by
first arena
NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

Succeeded by
Municipal Auditorium