With the temperature following a (rather finicky) rising trend, some Longhorns might want to spend a little more of their on-campus time outside. The little-known courtyard of Goldsmith Hall is a great place if you’re interested in a serene, secluded spot in which to spend a few minutes and relax.
The entrance is just off the West Mall, between the West Mall Office Building and Goldsmith Hall.
After following the stairs leading down between the buildings, the entrance to the courtyard will be to your right.
You’ll encounter a steel sculpture by Anthony Caro entitled “Veduggio Glimpse,” which is on long-term loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The piece is one of twenty-eight works from the Met as part of UT’s Landmarks project.
Just past the sculpture, you’ll walk through two wrought iron gates.
There’s not much going on here. In fact, there’s always several discarded objects lying around.
Just inside, there’s a small reflecting pool of sorts.
Senior Mariel Davis says she likes to study, eat, and relax here. “Most of the time there is nobody there, so it is a great place to enjoy yourself,” she said.
She “fell in love” with the spot when she accidentally found it after going to the post office to mail letters.
“It is the classic hidden, little, charming, perfect old place that you would see on a movie. It seems to be keeping a piece of history in its few branches and benches,” she said.
The flowers are gone now, but if you’re lucky, you might find the trees in bloom. It’s stunning, truly.
Personally, I find this area is a great place to study. I’ve enjoyed reading plenty of books here since I found out about it my Freshman year when an English professor conducted a class here.
You probably walk by the West Mall all the time, so why not check it out sometime? You won’t regret it.