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Buildings and Grounds

The grounds of the University consist of the original forty-acre campus just north of the state capitol and additional land acquired by gift and purchase. The main campus now covers more than 350 acres. Also part of the University are the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, a 476-acre tract eight miles north of the main campus that houses research organizations in engineering, science, and the social sciences; the Brackenridge tract, 445 acres bordering Town Lake where research is conducted in the life sciences; and the Montopolis Research Center, 94 acres located in southeast Austin. In addition, the University owns the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas, the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, the Stengl–Lost Pines Biological Station near Smithville, the Winedale museum and conference center near Round Top, the Bee Cave Research Center west of Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in southwest Austin, the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, the John Nance Garner House and Museum in Uvalde, and J. Frank Dobie’s ranch, Paisano.

Major buildings and other facilities are listed below.

For Teaching, Research, and Administration

Animal Resources Center
Art Building and MuseumHouses the Department of Art and Art History
AT&T Executive Education and Conference CenterHouses classrooms and meeting facilities
Battle HallFormerly the Old Library Building; renamed for William James Battle, former professor of classical languages and president ad interim of the University; houses part of the School of Architecture
Batts HallNamed for Judge R. L. Batts, former chair of the Board of Regents; houses the Department of Government
Beauford H. Jester CenterNamed for former governor of Texas and former member of the Board of Regents; houses classrooms, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Sanger Learning and Career Center
Bellmont HallNamed for L. Theo Bellmont, former professor and director, Physical Training for Men; houses Intercollegiate Athletics for Men and Women, the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Belo Center for New MediaAn expansion of the College of Communication, named for gifts from the Belo Foundation and the Dealey, Decherd, and Moroney families; houses the dean's office, Student Advising and Career Services, the Department of Advertising, the School of Journalism, and the KUT Public Media Studios
Benedict HallNamed for former University president H. Y. Benedict; houses the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Bernard and Audre Rapoport BuildingFormerly the Petroleum Engineering Building, then the Economics Building; renamed in 1998 for alumnus and benefactor Bernard Rapoport and his wife; houses the Department of Economics
Biological LaboratoriesHouses part of the School of Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering BuildingHouses the Department of Biomedical Engineering; provides research space for the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Pharmacy, and teaching labs for the School of Biological Sciences
Blanton Museum of ArtNamed for Jack S. Blanton, former chairman of Houston Endowment Inc.; houses more than 17,000 works of art and is comprised of the Mari and James A. Michner Gallery Building and the Edgar A. Smith Building
Burdine HallNamed for John Alton Burdine, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and first vice president of the University; houses the Departments of Sociology and Germanic Studies
Calhoun HallNamed for former University president John William Calhoun; houses the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and the comparative literature program
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BuildingHouses the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
College of Business Administration BuildingFormerly the Business Administration–Economics Building; renamed in 1984
College of Fine Arts Performing Arts CenterHouses the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall and the Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Theatre
College of Liberal Arts BuildingHouses many College of Liberal Arts departments, programs, and centers; includes two dozen classrooms and auditoriums, offices for campus groups, and study spaces
Continuing Engineering EducationHouses the Center for Lifelong Engineering Education
Development Office BuildingHouses the Development Office and the Charles A. Dana Center
Dorothy L. Gebauer BuildingFormerly the Engineering Building; renamed the Journalism Building, then the Speech Building; renamed in 1984 for former dean of women; houses the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies
E. P. Schoch BuildingFormerly the Chemical Engineering Building; renamed for former professor of chemical engineering; houses part of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geological Sciences
E. William Doty Fine Arts BuildingFormerly the Fine Arts Library and Administration Building; renamed in 1998 for first dean of the College of Fine Arts; houses the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Edgar A. Smith BuildingNamed for University alumnus and benefactor; houses the administrative, educational, and outreach activities of the Blanton Museum of Art
Engineering Teaching Center IIHouses the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Texas Materials Institute
Engineering-Science BuildingHouses the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ernest Cockrell Jr. HallNamed for an alumnus and benefactor of the College of Engineering; houses the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and the Office of the Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering
F. Loren Winship Drama BuildingFormerly the Drama Building; renamed in 1979 for former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance
Garrison HallNamed for George P. Garrison, former professor of history
Gates Dell ComplexNamed for gifts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation; houses the Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Department of Computer Science
Geography BuildingFormerly the Journalism Building; renamed in 1974; houses the Department of Geography and the Environment
George I. Sánchez Building Formerly the College of Education Building; renamed in 1994 for former professor of education; houses part of the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts Departments of Air Force Science, Military Science, and Naval Science
Goldsmith HallFormerly the Architecture Building; renamed in 1978 for former professor of architecture Goldwin Goldsmith; houses part of the School of Architecture
Graduate School of Business Building
Harry Ransom CenterFormerly the Humanities Research Center; renamed in 1974 for University chancellor emeritus
Hogg Memorial AuditoriumNamed for former governor James S. Hogg and his son Will C. Hogg; houses facilities for Texas Performing Arts
Homer Rainey HallFormerly the Music Building; renamed in 1995 for former University president; houses the Department of French and Italian
J. T. Patterson Laboratories BuildingNamed for former professor of zoology; houses part of the School of Biological Sciences
Jesse H. Jones Communication CenterFormerly the Communication Building; renamed in 1981 for Houston philanthropist; houses the College of Communication Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communications Studies, and Radio-Television-Film, and KLRU TV
Jesse H. Jones HallNamed for Houston philanthropist; houses part of the School of Law
Joe C. Thompson Conference CenterNamed for former member of the Board of Regents
John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Geological Sciences BuildingNamed for alumnus and benefactor John A. Jackson and his wife; houses the Office of the Dean of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geological Sciences
John B. Connally Center for the Administration of JusticeNamed for alumnus and benefactor who was a member of the Board of Regents, governor of Texas, and United States secretary of the treasury; houses programs for advocacy and dispute resolution in the School of Law
John W. Hargis HallFormerly Building H of the Little Campus property (now the Heman Sweatt Campus); renamed in 1983 for former special assistant to the president of the University; houses the Freshman Admissions Center
Laboratory Theatre Building
Lake Austin CentreLocated three miles west of the University; houses the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and some units of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education
Larry R. Faulkner Nano Science and Technology BuildingNamed for former University president; houses several affiliated programs for the promotion of nanoscience and nanotechnology
Littlefield Home and Littlefield Carriage HouseHouses part of the University Development Office
Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology BuildingNamed for alumni benefactors
Main Building (Tower)Located on the site of Old Main; houses University administrative offices
Mari and James A. Michener Gallery BuildingNamed for the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and University benefactor, and his wife; provides gallery space for the Blanton Museum of Art
Mary E. Gearing HallFormerly the Home Economics Building; renamed in 1976 for the first chair of the Department of Home Economics; houses part of the School of Human Ecology
Mezes HallNamed for former University president Sidney E. Mezes; houses the Center for European Studies and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
Music Building East and Music Building/Recital HallHouses the Kate Broocks Bates Recital Hall and the Office of the Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
Neural and Molecular Science BuildingHouses classrooms, laboratories, and offices
Norman Hackerman BuildingNamed for the late president of UT Austin and Rice University; houses parts of the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Office Building AContains classrooms and offices reporting to the vice presidents for information technology, research, and University relations
Nursing School
Parlin HallFormerly the English Building; renamed for Hanson Tufts Parlin, former professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; houses the Department of English and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing
Perry-Castañeda LibraryNamed for Ervin S. Perry, former associate professor of civil engineering, and Carlos E. Castañeda, former professor of Latin American history
Peter O'Donnell Jr. BuildingHouses facilities for research and graduate study in computer sciences, electrical and computer engineering, and computational sciences, engineering, and mathematics
Peter T. Flawn Academic CenterFormerly the Undergraduate Library and Academic Center; renamed in 1985 for University president emeritus; houses part of the School of Undergraduate Studies
Pharmacy BuildingHouses the College of Pharmacy
Robert A. Welch HallFormerly the Chemistry Building; renamed in 1974 for Houston philanthropist; houses the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Robert Lee Moore HallFormerly the Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Building; renamed in 1974 for professor of mathematics; houses the Departments of Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics
Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay BuildingNamed for alumni benefactors; houses the Department of Psychology and research facilities of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
School of Social Work BuildingFormerly University Junior High School
Sid Richardson HallNamed for Texas philanthropist; houses the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Student Activity CenterHouses the Department of Anthropology and the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies on the fourth and fifth levels
Student Services BuildingHouses University Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the Ombudsperson, Legal Services for Students, Student Financial Services, Student Government, and the Senate of College Councils
Sutton HallNamed for William S. Sutton, former dean and professor of education; houses part of the School of Architecture
T. S. Painter HallFormerly the Physics Building; renamed in 1974 for former University president Theophilus Shickel Painter; houses parts of the Schools of Biological Sciences and Human Ecology, and parts of the Departments of Computer Science and Physics
Texas Memorial MuseumBuilt to commemorate the centennial of the Republic of Texas in 1936; funded in part by the sale of centennial coins and a University student donation drive; serves as the exhibit hall for the Texas Natural Science Center
Townes HallNamed for Judge John Charles Townes; houses part of the School of Law
University Teaching Center
UT Administration BuildingHouses the School of Information and part of the Department of Computer Science
W. R. Woolrich LaboratoriesFormerly the Engineering Laboratories Building; renamed in 1977 for former dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering; houses the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Waggener HallNamed for the University’s first president, Leslie Waggener; houses the Departments of Classics and Philosophy
Walter Webb HallNamed in 1975 for former professor of history; houses the Visitor Center, the Graduate and International Admissions Center, and the Office of Public Affairs
West Mall Office BuildingHouses part of the School of Architecture, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and the University Station Post Office
Will C. Hogg BuildingFormerly the Geology Building; renamed for distinguished alumnus and benefactor; houses the Department of Asian Studies, the Plan II Honors Program, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences
William Randolph Hearst BuildingNamed for gifts from the Hearst Foundations; houses Texas Student Media

For Student Activities

Anna Hiss GymnasiumFormerly Women’s Gymnasium; renamed in 1974 for former director of Physical Training for Women
Clark FieldNamed for Judge James Benjamin Clark, first proctor of the University
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumFormerly Texas Memorial Stadium; renamed in 1997 to honor former head football coach and athletics director
Denton A. Cooley PavilionBasketball practice and training facility; named for University alumnus and heart transplant pioneer
Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events CenterFormerly the Special Events Center; renamed in 1981 for former chairman of the Board of Regents
Frank Denius Practice FieldNamed for alumnus and benefactor Franklin Wofford Denius
Gregory GymnasiumNamed for former United States attorney general Thomas Watt Gregory; houses the Gregory Aquatics Facility and part of the Division of Recreational Sports
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Named for alumni benefactors
Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer StadiumNamed for alumnus benefactor
Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic CenterNamed for alumni benefactors Vernon F. Neuhaus and W. A. “Tex” Moncrief; called the Neuhaus-Royal Athletic Center until the 1997 renaming of Memorial Stadium
Penick-Allison Tennis CenterNamed for Daniel Allen Penick, former professor of classics and tennis coach, and Wilmer Allison, alumnus and former tennis coach
Recreational Sports Center
Red and Charline McCombs FieldNamed for alumnus and benefactor Red McCombs and his wife
Richard Mithoff Track and Soccer FieldhouseNamed for University of Texas and School of Law alumnus
Student Activity CenterFeatures a variety of unique, informal lounge spaces, four food vendors, and thirteen reservable spaces such as a black box theatre, a legislative assembly room, and a dance rehearsal space with a sprung floor.
Texas Union BuildingHouses dining areas, entertainment venues, meeting rooms for student organizations, reading rooms, banquet rooms, the Informal Classes program, and the Union Underground
UFCU Disch-Falk FieldNamed for former baseball coaches Billy Disch and Bibb Falk and for the sponsorship of the University Federal Credit Union
Whitaker FieldNamed for Berry M. Whitaker, former director of intramurals; located at 51st and Guadalupe streets

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