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Wrap Up

For our last post on Burnt Orange Living I decided to highlight several cool places to spend time around campus that the average student might not have visited yet or might have forgotten about. I asked a couple students where their favorite place is on campus and then added a few of my own favorites.

Lobby of the CMA

“I love this lobby because it’s such a collaborative place. It’s a little loud so it’s not exactly perfect for studying, but it’s a fun place to browse the internet or work on group projects.”- Jordyn

Littlefield House

“This place is cool because it’s a unique building and it’s one of the oldest buildings on campus.”- Maxwell Lincoln

Stairs by Dorothy Gebauer Building

“This is a really awesome place to do parkour, and one night I took my girlfriend up to sit on the top of the stairs and we had a nice time just sitting up there and talking.”- Drew Bean

Courtyard at Welch

“This is a really cool place to read a book or just listen to music and it’s pretty centrally located, which is nice.”- Jordyn

Union; 3rd Floor

“Everyone knows this is the best place for napping on campus”- Jessica Lauer

Battle Hall

“I really like the architecture library in Battle Hall because it looks legit and it’s quiet”- Lucio Gamboa

Courtyard at Mezes

“I’ve had several classes in Mezes and I love getting to this courtyard before  tests and sitting outside to get in a good mental state going into my tests”- Jordyn

Fine Arts Library

“My favorite place is the Fine Arts Library. The view is beautiful from the huge windows and it’s so much prettier than the PCL. Plus the chairs are super comfy and there’s a giant piano hanging from the ceiling.”- Stephani Clayton

PCL; 2nd Floor

“My favorite place to study is the PCL, 2nd floor main room. I like that the room is structured to be really open and bright. I also like that the PCL is open until 2 in the morning, which is great for people who enjoy studying late at night, like me. You’re free to bring food and drink so it’s fantastic for long periods of studying. However, you can also talk to other people too, which is great if you need a study break. Also, since there are so many people around, your stuff is less likely to get stolen if you get up and leave for a few seconds.”- Pauline Nguyen

Courtyard at San Jacinto

“When I used to live at San Jac last summer I loved sitting in that courtyard at night on a bench and listening to music and writing.”- Jordyn


The Battle Hall

Battle Hall (Eastern façade). Photo Credit: (CC) Larry D. Moore

Located along the west mall, you’ve probably walked by the Battle Hall a countless number of times, but did you know that it’s considered to be the architectural gem of campus?

Battle Hall Door (Eastern façade). Photo Credit: (CC) mrjojo

New York architect Cass Gilbert, who was also the architect U.S. Supreme Court building, designed the Battle Hall in 1911.  The Battle Hall was originally the university’s main library until 1937 when it was used for fine arts classes and administrative purposes.  It became the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center from 1950 to 1973 when the Texas history exhibit was moved to Sid Richardson Hall, and the building was re-named in honor of Dr. William James Battle, the sixth UT president (from 1870-1955).  Currently, the Battle Hall houses the Architecture and Planning Library, the Alexander Architectural Archive and the Center for American Architecture and Design.

Gilbert designed the Battle Hall in a Spanish-Mediterranean revival style, which became the model for future buildings on campus.  Sutton Hall is the only other UT campus of Gilbert’s design.

Battle Hall Soffit Detail. Photo Credit: (CC) Larry D. Moore

Sophomore Lauren Rego, a bio-chemistry major, likes the Battle Hall for it’s “quaint, antique-y” atmosphere and said she goes there when she needs “a place to recuperate and focus.”

“[The Architecture and Planning Library] is really dimly lit, but it’s still a nice place to study because when the sun is out, it is flooded with light,” she said.

The Battle Hall is also the only UT academic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

And another fun fact:  the Battle Hall ranked 150 (out of 150) in a 2007 public poll of America’s Favorite Architecture, held by The American Institute of Architects.  The Empire State Building in New York City tops the list.