Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


University Mall

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Institution Name: LeTourneau University
Original/Historic Place Name: University Mall
Location on Campus: 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1970original construction Unknown
1991Belcher Tower dedication
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Other characteristics:
Runs 300 yards east and west on the main entrance to the R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Center; walkway of over 700 yards of sidewalk connects the B.A. Skipper Dining Hall, the Margaret Estes Library, the Education Building, Longview Hall, and Heath-Hardwick Hall; the central focus is the Jeannette S. Belcher memorial tower (1990), with its Glaske carillon and Bells; other significant features include R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Park and grave sites of R.G. and Evelyn LeTourneau.
1970-present (2007)outdoor space

Significance: architecture, history, landscape, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The University mall catches the eye of visitors entering the campus and visually guides them toward the Belcher bell tower and the R. G. LeTourneau Memorial and Student Center. A stroll around the mall gives visitors the opportunity to read the historical markers on Harmon Army General Hospital and Texas State Historical Markers on the engineering and missionary accomplishments of R.G. LeTourneau.

I. Bibliographic sources:

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

"Minutes and reports of the Strategic Planning Committee." 1969-1991. Archives, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX.

II. Location of other data:

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