Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Sorin Hall

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Institution Name: St. Edward's University
Original/Historic Place Name: Presentation Convent
Location on Campus: University Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1913original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: limestone
Walls: brick
Roof: metal shingle
ca. 1913private residence (for a community of nuns, the Sisters of the Presentation from France)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (computer lab)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices

Sorin Hall was built in 1913 as a Sisters' dwelling and infirmary. The two-story, hipped roof structure is a simple rectangular block with little ornamentation. On the main façade, a central gabled portico supported by Ionic columns on brick bases is flanked by four bays of wood sash windows. Brick soldier courses form a belt course and water table above the stone basement. What was originally a two-story gallery on the south and east façade is partially enclosed now at the second level.


Bell, Klein & Hoffman, Architects and Restoration Consultants. Saint Edward's University: A Presentation Analysis for Five Older Campus Buildings. Austin, TX: Bell, Klein & Hoffman, Architects and Restoration Consultants, 1981.

Dunn, William H. Saint Edward's University: A Centennial History. Austin, TX: Saint Edward's University Press, 1986.


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