I've always thought that the University of Arizona echoes some of the genteel architecture and landscaping of the refined and clearly superior Eastern U.S., and the College of Agriculture building is a good example. Those are some iconic and Ionic columns! U of A boasts a few of these: Cochise and Maricopa halls come to mind. The building is a contributing element of the University of Arizona Campus Historic District, and you could just about picture John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln extemporizing from the steps.
But modern audiences might be a little confused by the engraved inscription just below Abe's feet (lower red circle), which reads The Dwayne and Carol Dobson Family Terrace. I'm thrilled that the Dobson family support higher education. Huzzah! The choice of a very modern-looking sans serif engraving front and center? Less so. There's a better way, and you can see it above the center door, also in red. It is the name FORBES--which nicely matches the font of the word EDUCATION above it. Robert L. Forbes was the first Dean of the College, and the building was re-named in 1985 in his honor.
Luckily, in the last few decades visual effects companies like Industrial light and Magic have perfected the art of eliminating the new from the old. There's an old saw in historic preservation: Save the Past from the Future. There's another saying in the movies: We'll Fix it in Post. Here, the Dobson inscription can be fixed, but more to the point: could it have been designed in a way that was less intrusive to begin with? That's saving the past from the future. On the other hand, I'd wager that most visitors would guess that the artfully-rendered FORBES was original and dated to 1915, when the Ag building was constructed. Not so. It is modern, but eases comfortably into the past like Doc Brown's DeLorean.
Okay, U of A. You're 1 for 2 here, but overall the university does a great job of keeping these historic landmarks in top shape and ready for their close-up.