‘Campus Remembered’

A&M designates 16 buildings
as historically significant

Noting that the histories and traditions of the buildings at Texas A&M University have shaped the institution's history and will shape its future, Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates formally accepted the designations of 16 buildings throughout campus that have been determined culturally and architecturally significant and part of “The Campus Remembered” project. Gates’ remarks highlighted a dedication ceremony held Sept. 18, 2004 outside of the Williams Administration Building, one of the 16 buildings recognized. The project is an effort by the College of Architecture's Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory (HRIL) to preserve and appreciate the physical history of the state's oldest public university.

“Today, we rededicate the Williams Building and 15 others; honor their significance to and their influence upon, Texas A&M and Aggies,” Gates said. “The markers we put on them are to signify the mark they have made on us, and, we honor them best by ensuring that every building we add to this campus will not only help define Texas A&M's space, but also its substance, as we build our great university.”

“We are here in recognition of the essential function of space and structure in achieving greatness — here to affirm our commitment to supporting this function, to providing a place conducive to that achievement,” Gates said.

HRIL Director David Woodcock noted that the “early noble diagrams” for the campus have too often been forgotten, and many building from Texas A&M's early years have been torn down, leaving “gaps in the fabric of campus, and, in some cases, replacements with little respect for scale or content.”

“The marker program we are celebrating today was envisaged as part of the 125th anniversary of the campus, and it is gratifying that the lessons we learned from these older buildings and places have become a central part of the Campus Master Plan championed by President Gates and his administration,” Woodcock noted.

Commending the progress Texas A&M has made throughout its existence, Woodcock acknowledged the value of change, but stressed that wise change needs good management. He emphasized that the university's built heritage has meaning and significance.

“Managed change must be based on an understanding of the resources to be changed,” he said. “The 'big plans' need history, and of all the education institutions in the world, this (Texas A&M) is surely one where the concept of traditions should find favor.”

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January 10, 2005

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