Frels Building

Frels Building
1816 Avenue I
Map | News | ID#: 0129


1957 Constructed as Apartments
Unit G Tex-41-CH-69 [2,3]
Spring 1993 Last used for housing
1996-97 Renovated
Nov. 6, 2006 Parking lot closed
Dec. 2006 Demolished


Victoria Frels





Frels Building

As apartments, Frels and Wilson (and Rix) were surrounded by cars: some parked and some moving through the heart of campus along Avenue J (to the west) and Avenue I (to the east).

Frels Building

A view along the shadowy hall between the rooms along the southern side of the Frels Building and the telephone services building.

Frels Building

Living quarters no more, both and Frels and Wilson contained various administrative offices during much of the 1990s.

Frels Building

The campus without Frels in March 2007.

Frels Building

The newly constructed Bearkat Plaza on the site of the former apartments.


[1] President's Update (Sep. 2004)
[2] Minutes from the Board of Regents; February 28, 1958
[3] SHSC Revenue Bond Buildings (c.1965)

The Frels Apartment Building was a three-story, 36,139 square-foot dormitory in the central part of campus.

It was originally one of five individual housing units constructed on what was the then-eastern border of the campus along Avenue I. It was located between the Wilson Apartment Buiding and Lowman Student Center.

During the early 1980s, the need for more academic classroom space and campus beautification efforts resulted in many of the housing units being demolished. The remaining Frels and Wilson buildings were last used for student housing in the early 1990s and then renovated into offices for various administrative areas.

Long-rumored for demolition, it was announced in September 2004 that Frels would be razed before decade's end [1]; demolition occurred over the winter 2006 break. With the buildings gone, the area was converted into Bearkat Plaza, an expanded mall area.

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