Honors Court in the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1968
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This photograph features the Honors Court from the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Springfield College's campus. The photograph was taken by Carleton Allen in the year the Basketball Hall of Fame opened to the public, 1968. The Honors Court featured faux stained-glass floor-to-ceiling windows enshrining Hall-of-Famers. Each inductee had their own ten foot high window made of Lucite. The shape and style of these windows, known as lancet windows, were common architectural features of Gothic churches and cathedrals. The Honors Court was created using lancet windows and 'stained-glass' which have strong religious associations, dim lighting, and an intimate setting in an effort to create a chapel-like setting. This effort was made not only to honor Hall-of-Famers, but also to honor Naismith's connection to his religion. The original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was constructed on the Springfield College Campus due to the college’s deep connection to the sport of basketball; from Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game while he was a faculty member at the school in 1891; to Dr. Edward Hickox, the driving force behind the Hall’s creation; and the innumerable members of the faculty who have sat on national rules committee. In 1959 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame construction began the first group of players, coaches, and contributors to the sport were inducted into the Hall of Fame. This first group of inductees included five with ties to Springfield College; Dr. James Naismith, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Luther H. Gulick, Edward J. Hickox, and Naismith’s First Team from Springfield College, then known as the International YMCA Training School. By the time the Hall of Fame opened in 1968 it already had 43 inductees. With the ever-growing popularity of the sport of basketball, inductees into the Hall of Fame, and visitors, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame began to outgrow its Springfield College home. In 1985 the Hall of Fame opened in a new location in Springfield and the original Hall of Fame building ownership was transferred to Springfield College. Renovations on the building began in 1987 and the building was rededicated as the Allied Health Sciences Center in April of 1989.
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- Chicago citation style
- Allen, Carleton. Honors Court in the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1968. 1968. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2227. (Accessed June 19, 2018.)
- APA citation style
- Allen, Carleton, (1968) Honors Court in the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1968. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2227
- MLA citation style
- Allen, Carleton. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2227>.