Trinity Western University

1969

David E. Enarson Gymnasium

After several “false starts” (see Hanson’s On theRaw Edge of Faith, pp 151-153) the new gymnasium was completed in 1969. At the time of its construction, it was the largest such facility in the Fraser Valley.

Architect William K. Noppe also designed the Pacific Coliseum, which was completed in 1968.

It was a particular delight for me at the tenth anniversary banquet on campus, in the new gymnasium-auditorium, to be able to unveil the inscription that would be permanently attached to the gym formally designating it the DAVID E. ENARSON AUDITORIUM. “Dave Enarson inspired us to believe God for the impossible,” I reiterated, “… I pray that his kind of faith and expectation will always characterize God’s work at Trinity Western.”
Calvin B Hanson, On the Raw Edge of Faith, p. 171

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    Scale Model

    This unusual scale model consists of the new gymnasium topped by a model of the Barnasium, which it would replace, 196-.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0658]

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    Construction

    Under construction, 1969.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-1958]

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    Gym Exterior

    The newly completed gymnasium, ca. 1970.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3716]

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    Dedication

    The long-awaited facility was dedicated on Sunday, January 18, 1970.

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    [TWU Archives: F 37 B 1 File 18]

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    Gym Interior

    One of the first basketball games in the Enarson Gym, 1970.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0496]

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    Cheerleaders

    Cheering on the home team, 1970.  Cheerleaders were first introduced to Trinity in 1967.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0782]

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    Aerial

    An aerial photograph of the campus, showing the new gymnasium (and freeway) near the top, and the barnasium and dormitory-dining complex in the foreground, 1970. Photographer: George Allen Aerial Photographs Ltd.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-4965]

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