Texas Tech University
Below are historical tidbits on various Texas Tech campus buildings and
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
|All buildings are listed
alphabetically by first name.
Campus Buildings & Structures - M
Medicine, School of
- 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
Martin Dies, and a flag ceremony.
- 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.
Buildings & Structures - P
- 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
House (Central Heating Plant)
- 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.
- 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.
- Board approved spending $245 to alter Building X-% to
house the Department of Psychology (BOR 8/12/50 item 3067)
Campus Buildings & Structures - R
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
Buildings & Structures - S
- 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.
Social Sciences Building
- The groundbreaking for the new Social Sciences Building, which would house six College of Arts and Sciences departments' office and classroom space,
was held on May 23, 1974. The estimated cost for the structure was $4,465,000. (TTU press release 9-5-21-74)
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.
- 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)
- Built in 1964, the dormitory cost an estimated $3,971,394 to build.
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)
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.
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)
- 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)
Buildings & Structures - V
- The building was officially designated as completed on
May 31, 1951 and cost $11,517,25 (BOR 8/11/51 item 1365)
Buildings & Structures - W
- 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.
- Designation of Margaret Watson Weeks Dormitory, #733,
- 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.
- 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)
- The building was named after Chanslor E. Weymouth, who
was one of the founders of the Boys' Ranch at Tascosa.
- 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.
*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
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