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Trinity University

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1950 master plan, O'Neil Ford and Bartlett Cocke with William Wurster, consulting architect; many additions, various architects. One Trinity Pl.
  • (Photograph by Jason Coleman)

Three small nineteenth-century Texas Presbyterian schools that failed during the Civil War were united and reopened as a male-only institution and named Trinity University in Tehuacana ( WT53) on September 23, 1869. In 1902 Trinity University was relocated to Waxahachie. The Synod of Texas decided in 1942 to purchase a 117-acre site north of downtown San Antonio. Construction of the coeducational university began here in 1950. O'Neil Ford's long-term association with Trinity began with a series of lift-slab buildings, the first of which, Northrup Hall, has been demolished and replaced by a design of the same name by Robert A. M. Stern ( SA106.1). The campus is located on a former stone quarry that is now completely obscured by the fine landscaping of Arthur and Marie Berger, who transformed the campus with a forest of oak trees and manicured lawns.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Trinity University", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 177-177.

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