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Northrup Hall

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2004, Robert A. M. Stern Architects

While the new Northup Hall does solve an old pedestrian problem on campus, its tall, transparent lobby forming a passage to other campus buildings, it clashes with the rest of the campus in numerous ways. In terms of scale, it has disrupted the view of the campus when approached from the south, which earlier had Ford's elegant Murchison Tower as its main focus. The new Northrup blocks most of the tower, and looms over the top of the hill on which Trinity is sited like some sort of lost aircraft carrier. It also dwarfs the earlier buildings around it, including Margarite Parker Chapel ( SA106.2). The brickwork with the addition of contrasting Texas limestone is at odds with O'Neil Ford's simple masonry, and the three-story porch that leads to the main entrance does not provide any real shade for the path beneath it.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Northrup Hall", [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, 177-178.

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