University East Gate
A gift from the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) classes of 1916 and 1918, the two brick piers and iron arch mark the main entrance (east gate) to the university. The two piers were constructed to match the architecture of the early buildings on campus. Each is adorned with a decorative stone plaque memorializing the classes of 1916 and 1918. The plaque on the south pier is representative of the Class of 1916 and is inscribed with an image of the lamp of knowledge. The plaque on the north pier is representative of the Class of 1918 and is inscribed with an image of the Cherokee rose, the class flower. The steel archway spanning the two brick piers was originally inscribed with the name Florida State College for Women. A medallion bearing the state seal of Florida still rests in the center of the arch. In 1947, the FSCW inscription was removed from the arch and replaced with Florida State University, signifying the change to a co-educational university.
Turn to your left and sitting at the north side of the brick path you’ll find your next stop – the Pylon Celebrating 50 Years of Integration.