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By definition, a loggia is an open-air breezeway in a building, and this was how the plaza of the sixth level of the Edgar A. Brown Student Union in the original Johnstone Hall complex was constructed when the "Tin Cans" were erected in 1954. An open stone-floored plaza that separated end doors for A and B-sections of Johnstone, a one-floor balcony on the west side overlooked a concrete assembly area (and part-time parking lot) in the center of the Johnstone snake.

Union offices were enclosed on the south side of the Loggia, and two ticket windows were installed for distribution of passes to campus events. In the 1970s, the Housing Office had its digs in the space on the north side of the Loggia now occupied by a convenience mart, and which for a time in the 1970s and 1980s served as the Union Gallery, an arts display space.

The Loggia was enclosed completely during the 1974-1976 remodelling of the Union area that included the digging out of the parking/assembly area and construction of the Student Government offices and Union gamerooms.