Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Radford Auditorium

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Institution Name: McMurry University
Original/Historic Place Name: Radford Memorial Student Life Center
Location on Campus: 2150 Reservation Court
Date(s) of Construction:
1950original construction David S. Castle & Company
1980sre-roofed
Designer: David S. Castle & Company
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete, wih a full basement under most of the building
Walls: brick veneer
Roof: composite imitation slate, sharp gable
 
Function:
1950-1960other (bowling alley)
1950-1979student union
1950-present (2006)auditorium
ca. 1990-present (2006)other (reception hall)
ca. 1990-present (2006)administration
 

Narrative:
Though the building has suffered from occasional periods of neglect over the years, it has been renovated and repaired and is currently in better shape than it has been since it was new. It was re-roofed in the 1980s and the exterior scrubbed and sealed. A renovation in the late 1990s included accommodations to make it handicapped-accessible, with the inclusion of ramps and an elevator.

Radford has been the site of numerous lectures, concerts, recitals, and meetings, as well as the scene of most of the graduation ceremonies of the last half-century. In 1968, it hosted a political rally featuring the Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Edmund Muskie.
 

References:

Pride of Our Western Prairie, McMurray College, 1923-1982. Abilene, TX: McMurry University, 1989.

 

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