To Better Know a Building: The University of Texas Tower reception

The Architecture & Planning Library and the Alexander Architectural Archives are pleased to recognize the 80th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower’s dedication by featuring the iconic structure in its fifth installment of the To Better Know a Building exhibition series.

The Alexander Architectural Archive is fortunate to have an abundance of documentation for the building including construction drawings, shop drawings, construction photographs and project files from the University of Texas Buildings collection. Correspondence between the architects and the University can be found in the Faculty Building Committee records kept by Robert Leon White, supervising architect.

The exhibit series seeks to explore buildings through drawings and other visual items found in the Alexander Architectural Archive and Architecture & Planning Library with a focus on working drawings. 

Plans, elevations, sections and details communicate the realization of design intent and can be used as a vehicle in teaching through example.

The exhibit opens on February 27, 2017, with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., and the exhibit extends through August 7, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Battle Hall (BTL), 200
302 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics, Arts & Humanities, Campus & Community


University of Texas Libraries, School of Architecture

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public



Free and open to the public.

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John M Cano

John M Cano left a positive review 2/26/2017

Very informative lecture by Jim Nicar. I learned a few new things about the design and construction of the Main Building and Tower.