The Skyline Campus of San Antonio's Trinity University has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first college campus in Texas and only third in the U.S. to receive that designation, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The designation was granted by the National Park Service, after Trinity's application was approved by the Texas Historic Commission.
Trinity was a thriving university in the north Texas town of Waxahachie when it accepted an invitation from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to move to San Antonio in 1941.
The University operated out of makeshift accommodations, including utilizing Quonset huts previously used during World War II, until moving into the Skyline Campus in 1951.
The campus was designed by pioneering Texas architect O'Neil Ford, and was built in a style that came to be known as 'Mid Century Modern.' Ford continued designing additions to the Skyline Campus until the early 1970s, focusing on modernist red brick buildings connected by walkways and lush native landscaping. Trinity now has the largest concentration of Ford-designed buildings anywhere in the world, and 26 buildings make up the historic district.
“I am pleased that the National Parks Service has listed the Trinity University campus on the National Register of Historic Places,” says Trinity President Danny Anderson. “This distinction honors the legacy of renowned San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford and the vision he shared with Trinity President James Laurie. Our historic district calls attention to the forward-thinking, modern vision that guides Trinity University and the spirit of entrepreneurial innovation, expressed in bricks and mortar and construction techniques, that has differentiated our campus for generations of students.”
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