Art Complex

Location

NE Corner of 21st Street and Sam Houston Avenue
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Timeline

1968:
Art Building B constructed.

1979:
Art Building F constructed.

1981:
Art Building C constructed.

1989:
Art Building A constructed.

1992:
Art Building D constructed.

1994:
Art Building E constructed.

1999:
Art Building G constructed.


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Demographics

Namesake:
None

Architect:
Various

Contractor:
Various


About

The Art Complex is located on the southwest corner of main campus at the intersection of Sam Houston Avenue and 21st Street. The Department of Art utilizes seven buildings:

Building B is the oldest-dated structure of the seven buildings; its original use is unknown, thought it appears to have been part of a small apartment or hotel complex.

The university constructed Building F in 1979 as the headquarters of the custodial and grounds department; these functions moved to the former Coors Beer distributor building in 1989.

In 1981 the Art Department constructed a metal building to be used as sculpture studio; Building C, then, is the first building of the seven to have been built exclusively for the department [1].

With the demolition of the Fine Arts Studio Building in the late-1980s, Building F was repurposed, Building B was purchased by the university, and buildings A, D, and E were all constructed for the classes that migrated from the nearby Estill Building. The department assumed ownership of Building G in 2009.

Students have turned the grounds into their own showcase over the years: a billboard outside Building F is repainted multiple times during each long semester, and numerous sculptures cover the area.

In 2009 it was announced that the buildings were on the demolition schedule as part of the 2008 Campus Master Plan [2, 3].

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Sources

[1] "Contact" (Art Department newsletter), May 1988
[2] Item (Jul. 8, 2009)
[3] Heritage magazine (Fall 2009)

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