Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


R. G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Center

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Institution Name: LeTourneau University
Original/Historic Place Name: R. G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Center
Location on Campus: 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1976dedicated and opened April 14, 1976 Malloy, Richard A.
Designer: Richard A. Malloy (Longview, TX)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete, with floors between stories steel and concrete
Walls: steel and glass
Roof: felt and tar composition (flat roof)
1976-present (2006)museum (R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Museum)
1976-present (2006)administration
1976-present (2006)student union (bookstore, post office, snack bar)
1976-present (2006)memorial site

R. G. LeTourneau was called a Mover of Men and Mountains, having invented powerful machinery that was used to build roads and airstrips and clear timber land. He also developed the first offshore oil drilling platform. For over 30 years, he traveled nationwide on weekends speaking to large church crowds, providing his Christian testimony. He also had engineering and missionary projects in Peru and Liberia. This R. G. LeTourneau Memorial and Student Center illustrates LeTourneau's career and his invention of the self-propelled earthmover/scraper. His ingenuity in mechanical and electrical engineering earned him more than 300 U.S. patents. The museum highlights his personal background (he had no formal education beyond the 7th grade), his ingenuity in engineering, and his zeal for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The site has been artistically altered by excavation. The earth removed was used to build a berm around the building, symbolizing the engineering career of R. G. LeTourneau in the invention and development of earth moving equipment.

The R. G. LeTourneau Memorial and Student Center houses administrative offices, the R. G. LeTourneau Memorial Museum, and some student services, including the post office, bookstore, and snack bar.


Durham, Kenneth R. Jr. LeTourneau University's First 50 years. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company, 1995.

"Minutes of the LeTourneau University Board of Trustees." 1969-1976. Archives, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX.


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