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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 and Designer(s): Type of Place: Individual building
|Walls: brick veneer|
|Roof: composite imitation slate (sharply gabled area)|
| || Function: |
| 1950-1960||other (bowling alley)|
| 1950-1979||student union|
| 1950-present (2007)||auditorium|
|ca. 1990-present (2007)||other (reception hall)|
|ca. 1990-present (2007)||administration|
Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation: Narrative: see below
References: see below
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.
|I. Bibliographic sources: |
Pride of Our Western Prairie, McMurray College, 1923-1982. Abilene, TX: McMurry University, 1989.
|II. Location of other data: |
|University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office |