Jeppesen Gymnasium

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Jeppesen Gymnasium
Jeppesen Gymnasium prior to opening.jpg
Jeppesen Gymnasium prior to opening in 1942.
Former names Public School Fieldhouse (1942-1958)
Location Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°43′23″N 95°20′58″W / 29.723027°N 95.349484°W / 29.723027; -95.349484Coordinates: 29°43′23″N 95°20′58″W / 29.723027°N 95.349484°W / 29.723027; -95.349484
Owner University of Houston
Capacity 2,500
Broke ground 1941
Opened 1942
Demolished March 1996
Architect Harry D. Payne
General contractor Fretz Construction Company
Houston Cougars men's basketball (NCAA) (1946–1966)

Jeppesen Gymnasium, also known as Jeppesen Fieldhouse, was a multi-purpose sports facility on the campus of the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. The facility was the first home to the Houston Cougars men's basketball team, and later home to the Cougars women's volleyball team. Located next to Robertson Stadium, the facility was demolished in 1996 to make room for renovations of Robertson Stadium such as the scoreboard.[1]

Planning and construction[edit]

Prior to the construction of Robertson Stadium, the University of Houston campus had been built nearby in 1939. In the summer of 1941, construction began on Jeppesen Gymnasium as part of a joint project between the Works Progress Administration and the Houston Independent School District. It was constructed simultaneously with nearby Robertson Stadium.

Architecture and features[edit]

Designed by Harry D. Payne using an art deco design style, Jeppesen Gymnasium's structure consisted of two stories and a basement.[2] It was built of reinforced concrete and steel with masonry walls. Buttresses, columns, and steel trusses supported a sound-absorbing roof. On the south end of the structure were four entrances to a lobby that led to the basketball court itself.


  1. ^ Geluso, James (20 March 1996). "Field house, Cougar Cage to go". The Daily Cougar. Retrieved 9 December 2008. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration on the State of Texas (1942). Houston: A History and Guide. American Guide Series. The Anson Jones Press. p. 182. LCCN 87890145. OL 2507140M.