Texas Tech University Archives
Below are historical tidbits on various Texas Tech campus buildings and structures.  Also, the Board of Regents minutes show a progression in how TTU buildings and structures have evolved. Several campus maps have been digitized and are accessible here.

All buildings are listed alphabetically by first name.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Campus Buildings & Structures - A


The Administration Building
  • The laying of the cornerstone took place on November 11, 1924, before a crowd of 20,000 people.  Governor Pat Neff, standing on a cotton bale, addressed the crowd.  Other speakers included Amon G. Carter, Reverend E. E. Robinson, Colonel E. O. Thompson, and Representative R. M. Chitwood.
  • Placed in the corner stone was a time capsule containing such items as the bylaws and member roster of the local Masonic Lodge, various newspapers, a certified copy of the Senate Bill which established the college, and a list of the Texas Tech Board of Directors.
  • On the north side of the building is an inscription of a King Solomon quotation- "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
  • On the north side are the words "agriculture, science, manufacturing, democracy, homemaking, art and literature," which describe the endeavors of the college.
  • On the archway of the north side are the words "patriotism, religion, industry, virtue, wealth, enlightenment, and citizenship," which represent the goals students should strive towards.
  • On the archway on the south side are the names of 15 people who were thought to embody the ideals of the school officials.  The names include Benjamin Franklin, Luther Burbank, St. Paul, Pestalozzi, Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Shakespeare, Hippocrates, Beethoven, and Michaelangelo.
  • The Gallery of Heroes, located on the second floor of the north side, depict images of Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Woodrow Wilson, James Hogg, Albert Sidney Johnston, Davy Crockett, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.
  • In 1975, the ornamental spire on the west tower was replaced after being hit by lightening.
Agricultural Plant Sciences Building
  • October 21, 1961, the building dedication was held in the lobby of the building and included a tour and exhibits.  The $380,000 building was 26,725 square feet. (PI release 10-18-61)

Architecture and Art Facilities

  • November 5, 1968, the general construction contract for $4,260,718 was awarded to H. A. Lott, Inc. for two buildings- the architecture building would be 12 stories tall with a "U" shaped, three story tall art building adjacent to it on the east side.

Army Reserve Training Center

  • George E. Benson was appointed to represent the Board of Directors at the February 22, 1956, ground breaking ceremony for the Army Reserve Training Center, which would be located at the northwest corner of the City Auditorium-Coliseum.  The land was leased to the Texas National Guard Armory Board. (BOR 2/11/56 item 736)

Campus Buildings & Structures- B


Bledsoe/Gordon Hall- Dormitory
  • Built in 1948, the dormitory cost an estimated $1,786,163 to build.
Biology
  • The groundbreaking was held on June 29, 1967 at 10:30 a.m.

Bookstore

  • Built in 1955, the Building Committee recommended proceeding with plans to enlarge the bookstore by approximately 8,000 square feet at an estimated cost of $100,000. (BOR 2/11/56 item 733)
Boston Avenue Residence Hall
  • The 178,000 square-foot, LEED certified facility, located at 18th and Boston, officially opened on August 16, 2012, approximately 15 months after its groundbreaking.
  • The Commons by United Supermarkets had its ribbon cutting ceremony on August 29, 2012.
Business Administration
  • Prior to 1966, the old horse barns and corrals once inhabited the site of what later became the Business Administration building. (IS 3-12-13-66)
  • Dedication ceremonies for the new $4.5 million BA facility, located at 15th and Flint, was held on October 6, 1969, in the auditorium. A symposium and open house event was also held as part of the building dedication.
  • The new, state of the art Rawls College of Business Building officially opened for classes in January, 2012.

Campus Buildings & Structures - C


Carpenter/Wells Hall- Dormitory
  • Built in 1959, the dormitory cost an estimated $2,604,351 to build.

Cheri Casa- Dormitory

  • Cheri Casa, a men's dormitory, officially opened in 1926 with a Spanish-themed party, replete with music by Chuck Collins and his Cheri-Casans.
  • The building was a Spanish style white stucco structure located at 2406-2408 Main Street. It boasted having large rooms, hot and cold water, a roof garden and adjacent barber and tailor shops and drug store.
  • 1925-1926 programs and invitations for events at the Cheri Casa Home for Boys and the Quick Dormitory Home for Boys, located at 9th Street and Avenue X, have been digitized from the Cole Scrapbook and can be viewed here.

Chemistry

  • Construction on the Chemistry Building began in 1929.
  • Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $5.5 million addition to the chemistry building were held on October 25, 1968. The new structure comprised of 125,600 square feet and included an auditorium that seated 300.

Chitwood/Coleman/Weymouth Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1967, the dormitory cost an estimated $18,000,000 to build.

Clement Hall- Dormitory

  • Officially opened on September 14, 1963 and initially referred to as "Dorm Six".

Civil Engineering

  • Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on October 8, 1969, for the new $990,000 laboratory addition, located just east of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building.

College Inn- Dormitory

  • College Inn was a women's dormitory.

Campus Buildings & Structures- D


Doak Hall- Dormitory
  • Built in 1934, the dormitory cost an estimated $313,168 to build.
  • In 2002, Doak was changed from an upper-classman and graduate co-ed dormitory to an all male residence.
Double T Bench Double T Sign, aka "The Big T"
  • The senior class of 1938 donated a electric neon Double T sign which was placed in Memorial Circle until its move to Jones Stadium. [The Tex Talks article in July 1950 claims the Double T was actually located in the area where the Science Building was built and not in Memorial Circle).
  • In 1950, the Big T was moved from its traditional spot between the Library and Chemistry buildings to east of Jones Stadium. It was moved to make room for the new science building. (Tex Talks July, 1950)

Drane Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1938, the dormitory cost an estimated $371,428 to build.
  • Girl's dormitory No. 2 to be named "Florence A. Drane Hall." (BOD 8-31-46)
  • In 1952, Drane became a men's dormitory. (Texas Techsan 3/50)
  • For the 1954-55 school year, Drane Hall was approved for use by female students. (BOR 4/12/54 item 1218)

Campus Buildings & Structures - F


Fountain
  • The construction of a fountain to the newly named Amon G. Carter Plaza at the Broadway entrance was approved by the Board of Regents.  The funding for this marker shared by the Saddle Tramps, who raised $11,500, and the university, which picked up the remainder of the $32,600.
  • Original plans for the 75 foot fountain with of seven 30 foot water sprays that would surround and enhance the Tech Seal. (IS 15-10-18-66)

Campus Buildings & Structures - G


Gates Hall- Dormitory
  • Opened in 1963, Gates was named after W. B. Gates, former Dean of the Graduate School.  It was one of the first air conditioned dorms on the Texas Tech campus.
Greenhouses
  • The buildings was officially designated as completed on August 31, 1951, at an estimated cost of $8,366,94.  The contractors were Lord and Burnham Construction Corporation, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York City, New York. However, TTC completed construction of the lighting. (BOR 8/11/51 item 1365)

Gymnasiums

  • Approved the preparation of schematic plans for a Gymnasium for Men of approximately 65,000 square feet, plus a full size swimming pool and a Gymnasium for women of approximately 20,000 sqaure feet. (BOR 8/21/54 item 1961)
  • The original Gymnasium, constructed in 1926, by J. B. Maxey from a design by Wyatt C. Hedrick, was condemned in 1982. As the Legislature was reluctant to pay for a gym in 1926, Tech asked for a barn which could also serve as a gym. The gym was thus nicknamed "The Barn" and athletes and livestock shared the space. The 11,700 foot building held up to 2,000 spectators. ("Old Gym Held Tech History," Texas Techsan, July/August 1984)
  • The first game in the "new gym" was in 1927 against Wayland Baptist College. Tech won 30-16 against its rival. Later, the Harlem Globetrotters and many Golden Gloves tournaments were held in the gym. ("Old Gym Held Tech History," Texas Techsan, July/August 1984)

Campus Buildings & Structures - H


Kent R. Hance Chapel
  • Privately funded, the chapel, which can seat approximately 250 guests, cost more than $3.5 million to complete and was named after the chancellor for TTU. It is located off 17th street and University, by the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The project was approved by the Board of Regents in February 2011, construction began in May 2011, and completed on June 2012.
  • The first wedding held in the chapel was of Beth Chchran and Daniel Moser on May 26, 21012.
Horn/Knapp Hall- Dormitory
  • Built in 1948 and referred to initially as "Girls Dorm III," the dormitory cost an estimated $1,787,115 to build.

Holden Hall

  • Holden Hall oral history interview (1972)- dedication ceremony
  • Carol Collier oral history interview (undated)- Peter Hurd mural
  • The old Museum Building was renamed Holden Hall by the Board of Regents on February 11, 1972 to honor Tech professor William Curry Holden. This was notable in that it was the first time that any building on the Tech campus, other than a dormitory, was named after an individual.

Hulen/Clement Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1964, the dormitory cost an estimated $3,124,008 to build.

Campus Buildings & Structures - I


International Cultural Center
  • Also originally referred to as the Multicultural Services Center and the Lubbock International Cultural Center.  It began as the Lubbock International Cultural Center (LICC) and was incorporated on September 26,  1986. On September 15, 1988, it received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.  In the November of 1991 meeting, the Texas Tech Board of Regents agreed to offer a campus location at 4th Street and Indiana Avenue.

Campus Buildings & Structures - J


Jones Stadium
  • Haynes and Kirby, Architects and Engineers, were accepted to work on the proposed addition. (BOR 5/26/52 item 1147A)
  • Tidmore Construction Company's contract to work on the proposed additions to the Stadium were approved. (BOR 9/27/52 item 172)

Campus Buildings & Structures - L


Law School
  • See Temporary Classroom and Office Buildings [below] for information about the earliest Law School structures.
Library
  • The first books were donated by Clifford B. Jones in 1924.
  • Tech's first librarian, Elizabeth Howard West, was hired in May  of 1925.
  • The first library was housed in the west wing of the Administration Building. In 1937, Governor James Allred signed appropriations for a separate building and the cornerstone for this building was set in the ground on March 8, 1938. It was ready to receive patrons by the start of the fall 1938 school year.
  • When the Library was moved into its new building, it was officially named the "James V. Allred Library," (BOR 7/16/38)
  • A copy of the invitation and program for the "Laying of the Cornerstone of the New Library Building," dated March 8, 1938, can be found in the Charles Eatherly Collection. James Allred, then Governor of Texas, gave an address at the event.
  • The dedication ceremony for the new library building, where it is currently housed today, was held on October 21, 1962.
Livestock Pavilion
  • The first basketball games were held in the Livestock Pavilion in 1926. The first game in the "new gym" was in 1927 against Wayland Baptist College. ("Old Gym Held Tech History," Texas Techsan, July/August 1984)

Lubbock Municipal Auditorium-Coliseum

  • The committee report on the proposed City Auditorium-Coliseum included recommendations such as two proposed sites, a deed containing a reversion of title clause, city operation and maintenance of the building, and conformation of architectural design to the rest of the campus. (BOR 11/1/52 item 370)
  • The bill authorizing conveyance of a tract of land not to exceed 7 1/2 acres was approved for the site of the new City Auditorium-Coliseum. (BOR 2/12/53 item 758)
  • The groundbreaking ceremonies were held on May 19, 1954.

Campus Buildings & Structures - K


KTXT
  • Construction on KTXT-TV began in the spring of 1962 and it first began airing on October 16, 1962.
  • Until July 1963, all the station's programming was on film. Afterwards, TTU received a videotape recorder and $10,000 worth of recording tape, thus allowing for viewing of programming from other educational television stations.
  • 99 students were enrolled in the first semester of the station's television instruction courses. (IS release 1-1-22-66)

Campus Buildings & Structures - M


Mass Communications Building

Len and Harriet McClellan Infirmary

  • Approved construction of additional facilities to the College Infirmary (BOD 9/24/49)
  • Possible gift from Mrs. Len McClellan to be used to erect the first unit of a Student Services Building. (BOR 11/1/52 item 364)
  • Approval for erecting an memorial building to be financed partially by the McClellan property. (BOR 5/18/53 item 1226)
  • Motion was made to approve the construction of the first unit of a Student Services Building and the Butler-Brasher Company was chosen as the architects. (BOR 11/7/53 item 454)
  • The location for the Infirmary was set to be east of the Student Union building and across the street south of the College Bookstore. (BOR 4/12/54 item 1202)
  • The preliminary plans submitted by architects Butler-Brasher Company were approved. (BOR 8/21/54 item 1970)
  • A memorial gift by Mrs. Len McClellan was offered for the naming of the building. (BOR 11/1/52 item 364)
  • Construction bids were publicly opened and read on February 11, 1955. (BOR 2/12/55 item 766)
  • W. G. McMillan and Son was awarded the contract for the infirmary building. (BOR 2/12/55 attachment 8)
  • Contract for installation of a new roof. (BOR 9/16/58 attachment 7)
 Mechanical Engineering Laboratories Building
  • The start of construction for the $305,000 building, which had 12,000 square feet, happened on March 21, 1960. Construction was done by Hammock Co. (PI release 3-21-60)
Media and Communications Building
  • The College of Media and Communications, formerly the College of Mass Communications, was moved to the renovated Media and Communications Building, formerly known as the Business Administration Building, in 2012. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 23, 2012.
Medicine, School of
Memorial Circle
  • The name "Memorial Circle is approved in 1948. (BOD 2/14/48)

Museum

  • Dr. William Curry Holden was appointed the first Director of Museum in 1938.
  • The Museum's dedication events took place on November 13-14, 1970 and included a dedication of the Moody Planetarium, guest speakers Frank A. Taylor, George Mahon and MartinDies, and  a flag ceremony.

Music

  • The new building was dedicated on May 13, 1952. A tour of the building and formal concert was part of the ceremony.
  • The University Center/Music Facility was dedicated at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 1977.
  • The dedication of the Gene Hemmle Recital Hall was held on October 2, 1979, and was accompanied by a recital by Emilia Simone and William Westney.

Campus Buildings & Structures - P


PanTech Farms
  • The following buildings were deemed unnecessary and were turned over for disposal:  Building No. 6- Administration; Building No. 8- Cafeteria; Building No. 9- Barrack; and Building No. 29- Barrack. (BOR 11/7/53 item 454)
  • A lease with the Amarillo College District was approved for the use of the Administration, Cafeteria and two barrack buildings at PanTech Farms in zone 1 for an on-site Vocational Training Center. (BOR 4/18/56 item 1015)
Pharmacy, School of

  • The Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy opened its Abilene campus officially on August 12, 2007. The building was 36,000 square feet and done in Spanish-styled architecture.
Power House (Central Heating Plant)

  • A permanent Power House and associated utility tunnel system was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1931. The building was razed in 1998 when energy demands far exceed its output. The single decorative medallion, representing a modification to the military engineering symbol, that had been over its arched entrance was relocated to the Frazier Pavilion.
Psychology
  • Board approved spending $245 to alter Building X-% to house the Department of Psychology (BOR 8/12/50 item 3067)

Campus Buildings & Structures - R


Ranching Heritage Center

Rip Griffin Park

  • A $5 million renovation to the Dan Law Field at the newly named Rip Griffin Park was celebrated with its official opening in February 2012.

Campus Buildings & Structures - S


Sneed Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1938, the dormitory cost an estimated $345,133 to build.
  • The second dormitory building, originally called "Men's Residence Hall No. 2," was named the "Joe T. Sneed Hall" in 1941. (BOD 11/15/41)
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

  • $14,000 was appropriated to carry out the Board of Directors' order to move, set up and operate the Southwest Collection in the Museum Building. (BOR 7/9/55 item 1433)
  • The SWC's ten millionth donated item was a file copy of a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from Judge Marvin Jones of Amarillo. It was received in 1977.

Spitz Planetarium

  • The West Texas Museum Association agreed to pay for a small building east of the Museum was remodeled for the installation of a Spitz Planetarium at the estimated cost of $3,000-3,500. In the proposal, it was pointed out that only two units were available in Texas at the time, one in Houston and one in Fort Worth, and both were quite successful. (BOR 11/2/52 item 372)

Stangel/Murdough Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1964, the dormitory cost an estimated $3,971,394 to build.

Stock Judging Pavilion and Living Quarters

  • The building was officially designated as completed on June 9, 1951 at an estimated cost of $1,994,93 (BOR 8/11/51 item 1365)

Stock Union Building (Student Union Building or SUB, also formerly called the University Center or "UC")

  • After over five years of renovation, the Student Union Building had it's official grand opening on 8/6/06.
  • James G. Allen oral history interview (1983)- development of the SUB
  • The University Center/Music Facility was dedicated at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 1977.

Campus Buildings & Structures - T


Temporary Classroom and Office Buildings
  • Due to tight funding from the State and an expected enrollment of 20,000 students, TTU purchased from Sheppard Air Force Base at Wichita Falls, Texas, 19 temporary buildings to be used for classroom and office space.  TTU paid $1 for each building, which were then each renovated to accommodate 120 students.
  • Five of these buildings were used for the new Law School and Law Library and were placed near the Plant Sciences Building and the west of the Science Building. (IS release 7-8-2-66)
Thompson/Gaston Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1958, the dormitory cost an estimated $2,705,120 to build.

Traffic and Parking - Entry Stations

  • Approved in February of 1966 by the Board of Regents, the four entry stations were officially opened on April 14, 1966.  The locations were:  Station 1 at the Broadway entrance west of Gordon, Station 2 at the 15th Street entrance to the Drane Hall parking lot, Station 3 at 17th and Boston, and Station 4 across from the 15th Street Meats Lab.  The hours for the station ran from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (IS release 17-4-14-66)

Campus Buildings & Structures - V


Veterinary Science Building
  • The building was officially designated as completed on May 31, 1951 and cost $11,517,25 (BOR 8/11/51 item 1365)

Campus Buildings & Structures - W


Wall/Gates Hall- Dormitory
  • Built in 1963, the dormitory cost an estimated $3,450,001 to build.
  • Opened in 1965, the dorm was named after C. I. "Stoney" Wall, a former member of the TTU Board of Directors.

Weeks Hall- Dormitory

  • Designation of Margaret Watson Weeks Dormitory, #733, 12-14-57
  • Tech Women's Dorm No. 5 was designated "Weeks Hall" in honor of Margaret Watson Weeks. (Toreador, December 17, 1957)
  • Built in 1958, the dormitory cost an estimated $1,730,520 to build.

West Hall- Dormitory

  • Built in 1934, the dormitory cost an estimated $326,713 to build.
  • Originally called the Men's Dormitory No.1, the first dormitory building was named "J. M. West Hall" in 1941 (BOD 11/15/41)
  • Approved housing of college athletes in Men's Dormitory No. 1, (BOD 5/9-5/10/49)
  • Approved set up for the housing of athletes in Men's Dormitory no. 1, effective September 1, 1949 (BOD 5/30/49)

Weymouth Hall- Dormitory

  • The building was named after Chanslor E. Weymouth, who was one of the founders of the Boys' Ranch at Tascosa.

Wiggins Hall- Dormitory

  • The building, named after Texas Tech President Dossie M. Wiggins, was conceived to be a six-tower $17 dormitory complex at 19th and Flint.  Three of the towers were scheduled to be completed by September, 1967, with the other three towers to be finished by the fall of 1969. (IS release 18-5-28-66)
  • Each tower was expected to house 572 students and would be 11 stories tall. (IS release 32-2-12-66)
  • The Wiggins Conference Housing and Dining Center was dedicated in March of 1968.

Will Rogers Statue

  • The statue was dedicated on February 16, 1950.

Citation Legend:

*IS = Information Services, which later was known as University News and Publications. The department is now called Marketing and Communications. 

*PI = Public Information, was another name used at one time for University News and Publications. The department is now called Marketing and Communications. 

*BOD/BOR = Board of Directors/Board of Regents minutes

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