The Buildings of Sam Houston State University documents the changes of the SHSU campus in Huntsville, Texas from its inception in 1879 through tomorrow. The Brick and Mortarboard presents news and commentary about the buildings, the people, and the history of SHSU. Stay informed and impress your friends.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Appreciating the Peabody Library

TV's Michael Oder discovered a bit of history on campus recently. He shares his story of finding a pamphlet and, in turn, learning something about the Peabody Library:
The pamphlet is a short history on the Peabody Library and Sam Houston State University. Only 9 pages long, it showcases a small window into the early, developmental years of my University.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Writing on the Wall #3

We go for a third letter (thus completing the word “the”) in the big buildingshsu scavenger hunt. Can you identify the building or location where we took the photo:


Here’s another haiklu:

The building of his fancy
Would another name be as sweet
It is (one of) the east

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Open House for CHSS Building

Sam Houston State University will host a ribbon cutting and open house for the $30 million College of Humanities and Social Sciences building on Friday, March 20. The ceremony for the largest academic building on campus will be at 1:30 followed by an open house from 2:30-4:00. The ceremony will include remarks by College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean John de Castro, President James F. Gaertner and Chancellor of the Texas State University System Dr. Charles Matthews.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

KatFans: Fixing Austin Hall?

A discussion has started at KatFans discussing the state of Austin Hall, SHSU’s oldest building:
I've been going by Austin Hall a lot recently, and every time I've gone by I've noticed more and more stuff on the outside of the building that's been falling into disrepair (missing shutters, peeling paint, huge chunks missing from the pillars on the back side, etc). Because of Austin Hall's historical significance for the university and for the state, I've made my new goal in life to get Austin Hall repaired and restored.

I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to find any state funding that may be set aside for preservation of historical sites (Austin Hall has the Texas Historical Commission medallion on the back part of the building). I've been looking on the THC's website, but really haven't been able to find anything. Does anyone here know anything about any money that may be set aside for this by the state?