Administration Building (Texas Tech University)

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Administration Building
Texas Tech Administration Building
The Administration Building on the Texas Tech University campus.
General information
Architectural style Spanish Renaissance
Location Lubbock, Texas
Construction started 1924
Completed 1925
Technical details
Floor count 4
Design and construction
Architect Wyatt C. Hedrick

The Administration Building is a structure on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. It was one of the original buildings on the campus, and is modeled after the Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.[1] The Admin building has three floors and a basement and includes twin bell towers, double wings, and a courtyard.[1] Some of the offices housed in the building include the Chancellor's Office, President's Office and Board of Regents Office.[1]

Architecture[edit]

Although the north facade draws inspiration from the Universidad de Alcala de Henares, the Administration Building is reminiscent of a typical mid-sixteenth century, Plateresque period Spanish Alcaldia or city hall.[2] The north facade of the building contains very fine detailed ornamentation and is symbolic of the historical background of the region, and the philosophical aims and goals of the early Texas Technological College.[2] The selection of much of the ornamentation of the building is credited to Texas Tech College's first president, Dr. Paul Horn including two quotes on the north facade.[2] Additionally the seals of Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, the United States and Texas are also contained on the north facade and symbolize the six nations that have had sovereignty over Texas, at one time or another.[2] Over the ten twin-arched windows of the second level of the north facade appear ten portrait medallions of significant figures in American and Texas history. The portraits include Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Woodrow Wilson, James Hogg, Albert Sidney Johnston, Davy Crockett, Steven F. Austin, and Sam Houston.[2]

Victory Bells[edit]

The victory bells consists of two bells, one large and one small, and are housed in the east bell tower.[3] The bells were given to Texas Tech as a class gift in 1936 and were first rang at the class of 1936's graduation.[3] Each graduate contributed $2 towards the cost of the bells.[4]

The Saddle Tramps and High Riders ring the Victory Bells after every varsity team's win.[3] The tradition began on September 19, 1936 after the Red Raiders football team defeated Texas Wesleyan 26–7.[4] The following Friday at a pep rally, head yell leader Arch Lamb told Texas Tech students "that if we gig the Horned Frogs the victory bells will be rung until 6 o'clock Sunday Morning."[4] After the Red Raiders defeated the TCU Horned Frogs 7–0 the following day, the team's first victory over a Southwest Conference opponent, the bells rang keeping Lubbock residents up all through the night.[3][4] Thereafter, the bell ringing was limited to 30 minutes.[3]

Baird Memorial Carillon[edit]

In 1973, Ruth Baird Larabee donated money to the university to buy and install a carillon in the west bell tower, in memory of her parents Charles and Ruth Baird.[5] Originally consisting of 36 bells, the carillon was refurbished and extended in 2005 bringing the total range of the instrument to 312 octaves.[5] Twelve of the original bells were cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in England, the remaining twenty-four original bells were cast in France by the Paccard Foundry and the newest bells were cast by the Meek & Watson Foundry in Ohio.[5] The estimated value of the collection is $250,000.[5]

The carillon has been featured in the Carol of Lights every year since its inception, in 1959.[5] Additionally the carillon is played at 1:00 p.m. on July 4 in conjunction with the ceremonial ringing of the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5] The carillon also features Sunday evening concerts each summer.[5]

Double T Bench[edit]

The Double T Bench, a bench in the shape of the Double T, is located in the courtyard of the Admin Building.[6] The bench was a gift to the university by the class of 1931.[6] It is was announced tradition that no freshman were allowed to sit on the bench, a tradition that had faded by the 1950s.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Texas Tech A-to-Z". Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Barrick, Nolan E. (1985). Texas Tech the Unobserved Heritage. Texas Tech Press. ISBN 0-89672-125-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Victory Bells". Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lindsey, Jim, ed. (1926-09-30). "Slimes Ring Victory Bells Until Dawn Sunday Morning After Matadors Whip Texas Christian To Make History" (PDF). The Toreador (Lubbock, Texas: Texas Technological College). p. 1. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Baird Memorial Carillon". Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  6. ^ a b "Double T Bench". Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  7. ^ Andrews, Ruth Horn (1956). The First Thirty Years: a History of Texas Technological College. Lubbock, Texas: The Texas Tech Press. p. 266. 

Coordinates: 33°35′00″N 101°52′29″W / 33.5832°N 101.8746°W / 33.5832; -101.8746