Though the Memorial Union Terrace was originally built in 1928 to honor World War I veterans, over the years it has built a reputation as one of THE most beautiful student unions. During its debut, the Memorial Union was envisioned by planners as an “undergraduate playground” where students could enjoy events such as Venetian night, University sings and alumni gatherings. And the iconic sunburst chairs? No one is certain when the original design—called the “Deauville”—made its debut, but it can be seen in photographs as early as 1938. Many changes have taken place at the Terrace over time, from the 1963 “Save the Stones” campaign that successfully maintained the famous flagstone walkways to the addition of the Goodspeed Family Pier, located on the west side of the building, in 2013. Through it all, the Terrace has remained at the top of everyone’s must-visit list.
Students returning to campus in fall 2016 will find a few more changes: expanded seating space, brand-new brat and beverage stands, and an upgraded stage.