A few years ago, a colleague at the Newman Alumni Center pointed the finial in the picture and told me that it is the only remnant of the Anastasia Building. I was happily surprised by the discovery so I have been meaning to share it with our patrons. The signage reads “Concrete finial salvaged by Walter W. Watt, BBA ’45 from the demolition of the Anastasia Building (aka the “Cardboard College”) home to the University of Miami during the 30’s and 40’s. Donated to the university by The Honorable James L. Watt, AB ’66 and Susan J. Schlemm Watt, BED ’67.”
I wonder where the finial was placed in the Anastasia Building. Please see the picture below, which I think is the oldest image of the University of Miami because of the sign “Class of 1930” over the entrance. The Anastasia Building was the first campus of the University of Miami which was located in downtown Coral Gables.
The finial is placed in a quiet corner of the courtyard so please look for it when you visit the Center next time.