Postcard views of Notre Dame

"Across the Lake" St. Mary's Lake at Notre Dame
"Across the Lake" St. Mary's Lake at Notre Dame


So well I love these woods I half believe
There is an intimate fellowship we share;
So many years we breathed the same brave air,
Kept spring in common, and were one to grieve
Summer's undoing, saw the fall bereave
Us both of beauty, together learned to bear
The weight of winter:--when I go otherwhere--
An unreturning journey--I would leave
Some whisper of a song in these old oaks, 
A footfall lingering till some distant summer
Another singerdown these paths may stray--
The destined one a golden future cloaks--
And he may love them, too, this graced newcomer,
And may remember that I passed this way.

Charles L. O'Donnell, C.S.C.
Notre Dame president 1928-1934

Two of the true jewels of the Notre Dame campus are its twin lakes, St. Mary's and St. Joseph's. Many times were are so busy on our visits to the campus that we only glimpse the lakes from the Grotto or Lyons Arch. Next time you're planning a trip, be sure to save some time for a walk around St. Mary's. As you can tell from the vintage post card, the view from the other side of the lake is very special.

The description of the lake is from Damaine Vonada's wonderful guide book Notre Dame The Official Campus Guide (available in the "Books" section)

From The Notre Dame Campus Guide:

St. Mary's Lake

Of Notre Dame's two lakes, St. Mary's is the more park-like. It has fewer buildings, less trees, and more benches. In the spring, this lake is the site of Fisher Hall's spirited regatta; in summer, people picnic on its banks; in winter, snowmen appear; and in the fall, the water turns a deep blue that brilliantly reflects the Golden Dome and Sacred Heart spire as well as the magic autumn hues. You can circumnavigate St. Mary's Lake via footpaths all year long. When you do you'll be treated to the site of elegant swans gilding along the water, graceful old willows hugging the shoreline, the lovely statue of St. Therese "the Little Flower" on the bank above the north shore, and, if you're very lucky, a heron or two coming in for a landing. If you're not so lucky, you'll find the poison ivy.

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