Old Main Market

Old Main Market
1001 16th Street
Map | News | ID#: 0338


Apr. 2010 Construction started
May 2011 Renamed Old Main Market
Aug. 4, 2011 Opens
Aug. 17, 2011 Opening ceremony;
Jack Parker Dining Room dedicated


(Old) Main Building


Tipton Associates


Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Old Main Market

Early proposals for the dining center had it catercorner to where it was eventually built [1]. Lone Star Hall was built at the site instead.

Old Main Market

The foundation was in the process of being created by mid-summer.

Old Main Market

The new dining facility in the midst of its construction.

Old Main Market

Old Main Market as viewed from across 16th Street.

Old Main Market

The dedication plaque just inside the main entrance at the corner of 16th Street and University Avenue.

Old Main Market

For reasons unclear (at this time), King Hall has been wiped off the map with the addition of an oversized (supersized?) Old Main Market.

Old Main Market

Another map from the same time period as the above one, with a more realistic designation of how things were at the time (i.e. King Hall still displayed).


[1] Today@Sam: Annual State of the University, 2007
[2] Houstonian: Plan for new dining hall unveiled, 2008

Old Main Market is a 23,000-square-foot dining hall located at the intersection of Bearkat Boulevard and University Avenue.

The structure was first proposed as early as 2007, when it was tentatively planned to be located east of the Student Health Center [1]. In 2008, the Houstonian reported the proposed location of the Northside Dining Facility had moved and would replace existing structures on Bearkat Boulevard - namely Lawrence and Mitchell Houses - north of Belvin-Buchanan Hall [2].

In March 2010, the SHSU Physical Plant announced that construction would begin approximately April 5. In May 2011, the Board of Regents approved changing the building's name upon completion to one memorializing Old Main. The $8.5 million facility opened in August 2011.

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