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, July 27, 2010

Upcoming Events

As noted on the website of the Office of the President:

Teacher Education Center - Building Dedication & Naming in Honor of Eleanor and Charles Garrett [News]


Performing Arts Grand Opening
  • What: Ceremony, followed by reception, tours and performances
  • When: Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Performing Arts Center

Today@Sam also notes Dr. James Gaertner will be the commencement speaker for graduation ceremonies occurring Saturday, August 7, 2010.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Historical Buildings Ready for Move

The Conroe Courier reports on the movement of four historically-significant structures from the woods to a "place of public prominence":

After months of planning and preparation, the first of the vintage buildings that will be showcased in Montgomery’s new Fernland Historical Park is scheduled to be transported to the facility this week.  Montgomery officials approved $430,000 in expenditures – including $140,000 for moving the structures – over the next two years to create the historical park featuring early Texas buildings to be an educational resource and to encourage tourism.

Four of the five buildings come from Fernland, a  40-acre parcel of land donated to Sam Houston State University by Carroll and Mae Tharp. Dating back to the 1820s, the structures feature early Texas architecture and artifacts. The most famous structure on the site, Bear Bend, a hunting lodge used by the Republic of Texas’ first president, Sam Houston, will ultimately be transported to SHSU.

Moving any large structure more than a dozen miles is difficult, but when the buildings are historically significant structures dating back to the early 19th century, the challenge is even greater.

“Prepping the buildings involves reinforcing the structures from the inside so they can make the trip,” said Artie Morin, a workman with Cherry House Moving, which is preparing the structures for transport. “We’ve also had to clear a path through the woods so we can get the buildings out.”

Christiana Huffman, project coordinator for Cherry House Moving, said chimneys and steps have been removed from the buildings and will be reassembled when the structures arrive at their ultimate destination, more than a dozen miles away in Montgomery. Some of the buildings will have to be cut in two so they can be moved.

While a specific schedule for moving the buildings has not been finalized, Huffman said the company is coordinating with local law enforcement and utility companies related to the move.

“Power and phone lines are going to have to be raised,” she said. “We’re going to try to do the move at night to minimize disruption to the public on local roads.”

The buildings will be transported from their Honea-Egypt Road location to the park location, adjacent to the Charles B. Stewart Library in Montgomery, via FM 2854 and Texas 105.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Battle of the Piney Woods: 1-5

Each week leading up to the 85th "Battle of the Piney Woods" at Reliant Stadium in Houston October 23, GoBearkats.com presents the 20 greatest games in Piney Woods history. Here are the website's first five picks:
  • Sam Houston's first victory over SFA (1925)
  • Kats earn first conference title (1930)
  • Thanksgiving Day thriller (1938)
  • Win earns Kats' first post-season game (1952)
  • Mac Moore runs over Lumberjacks (1953)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Writing on the Wall #7

We were way too easy last time so we hope this one makes you think. Can you identify the building or location where we took the photo for our scavenger hunt?:


And yet another haiklu:

Deep frieze around the block
Such a symmetrical splendor
Watch sparks on this board