Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Old Main Tower and Plaza

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Institution Name: Howard Payne University
Original/Historic Place Name: Old Main Tower and Plaza
Location on Campus: between Fisk St. and Center Ave./Wilson Walkway
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
2001original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Tower of contemporary architectural style.
Other characteristics:
Materials: foundation: concrete; walls: sandstone; roof: composition
2001-present (2007)memorial site (visual memorial to Old Main destroyed by fire in May 1984)

Significance: culture, education, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Old Main Tower provides an opportunity for current students to gain a better understanding of the university's heritage. The tower, which incorporates stone from the original Old Main Administration Building, is modeled after the original's front entrance. The tower is surrounded by a plaza featuring bricks engraved with names and class years of alumni.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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