Burke Memorial Seismographic Observatory

Have you ever passed that little brick structure tucked away behind Holy Name of Jesus in the shadow of Marquette Hall and wondered what was inside? Well wonder no more! You have just passed the oldest permanent structure on Loyola’s campus. The Burke Memorial Seismograph Laboratory was built in 1910 thanks to a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Burke in memory of their son, Nicholas, a Loyola student. The seismograph has been recording the earth’s tremors for over 100 years as it is still in use today!

Burke Memorial Seismographic Observatory - 1910

New Orleans Hurricane - 1915

Burke Memorial Seismograph Observatory - 2012

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