Lin Hall grounds - Ohio University, OH

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Lin Hall grounds - Ohio University, OH

Post by tsharp » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:50 am

NTS: On a previous visit to to the area i spied some interesting trees surrounding an interesting building on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. I had a chance to return on 12/28/2012 to measure some trees. After a circumnavigation of the building and measuring along the way the results are listed below with the heights arrayed in descending order.

Sweet Gum (Liquidambar stryciflua) 108.0' x 13.6' x 100.5' (maximum spread)
Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) 106.6' x 11.3'
Pacific Silver Fir (Abies amabilis) 103.3' x 8.6' x 27' (maximum spread)
Yellow-poplar (Lirodendron tulipifera) 97.6' x 8.8'
Norway Spruce (Picea abies) 96.5' x 10.5'
Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba) 94.5' x 13.4'
Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) 92.8' x 13.2'
White Pine (Pinus strobus) 85.4' x 10.4'
Shellbark Hickory (Carya lacinosa) 81.3' x 9.5'
London Plane (Platanus hybrida) 69.8' x 13.0'
Arborvitae (Thuja occientalis) 50.8' x 5.2', 46.7' x 5.3'
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea molissima) 36.9' x 6.5'
Two trees are on Ohio's big tree list. The Sweet Gum and Pacific Silver Fir.
The Rucker indices are: The RH10 = 93.6', RG10 = 11.2'
A complete list of trees measured can be found on the Trees database at:

Below is a picture of the "interesting " building. It is presently known as Lin Hall in the Ridges section of the campus. The building is at 700' elevation and overlooks the Hocking River and other parts of the campus and the city of Athens.

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In its earlier incarnation it was know as the Athens Lunatic Asylum and operated as such under more benign names until 1992.
The building was under construction from 1867 - 1874 and the 18 million bricks required were fired on site. It is 853 feet long. A landscape architect , Herman Haerlin of Cincinnati, Ohio was hired to design the grounds. He was a student of Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. Groundsman George link carried out the original plan over a period of thirty years and it is likely some of the trees I measured were his efforts. Judging from older pictures it appears that much of the landscaping effort was along the river bottom and has disappeared because of highway construction and a major channelization of the Hocking River.

Sweetgum to the right of entrance to main part of the Lin Hall. The crown of this tree is visible to the right and towards the back of the first picture

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13.6' x 108.0'

Pacific Silver fir. It appears the tree on the left lost one of its iterations and the one to the right had its top blown out probably as a result of the 6/29/12 derecho

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8.6' x 103.3' on left, 7.9' x #####

Shellbark Hickory

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9.5' x 81.3'

All pictures by Turner Sharp 12/28/2012 with occasional appearance of Tee Sharp- son.
Last edited by tsharp on Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:53 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Lin Hall grounds - Ohio University

Post by bbeduhn » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:49 am

Very nice amabilis and biloba! Thy're both tough finds at those heights (in the east for amabilis).

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