Battle Hall

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Battle Hall
Battle hall 2014.jpg
Battle Hall in 2014
Battle Hall is located in Texas
Battle Hall
Battle Hall is located in the US
Battle Hall
Location Austin, TX
Coordinates 30°17′07″N 97°44′25″W / 30.28528°N 97.74028°W / 30.28528; -97.74028Coordinates: 30°17′07″N 97°44′25″W / 30.28528°N 97.74028°W / 30.28528; -97.74028
Built 1911
Architect Cass Gilbert
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other
NRHP reference # 70000763[1][2]
Added to NRHP August 25, 1970

Battle Hall, also known as "The Old Library," is a historic library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. It is one of four buildings on campus that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The others are the Littlefield House, University Junior High School (now the School of Social Work Building) and Little Campus (now called Arno Nowotny Building and John W. Hargis Hall).

The building was designed by New York architect Cass Gilbert in 1911, using a Spanish-Mediterranean Revival style. It served as the main library until the new main building was completed in 1937.[3] It now houses the Architecture and Planning Library, the Alexander Architectural Archive and the Center for American Architecture.

The building's design, particularly its Spanish red tile roof, overhanging eaves and limestone walls, heavily influenced the 1933 master plan developed by Paul Cret, which in turn is a design requirement for new buildings on campus to this day.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination form" (PDF). Texas Historical Commission. 
  3. ^ "Battle Hall". University of Texas Libraries. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 

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