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Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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1911 chartered. 6425 Boaz Ln.

Chartered in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, SMU was attracted to Dallas by a package of land and cash that outbid an offer by Fort Worth. The campus was built on one hundred acres donated by the widow of John Armstrong, the developer of Highland Park, with a master plan by the Chicago office of Boston architects Bremer and Pond. From the main entrance on Mockingbird Lane, the wide Bishop Boulevard leads north uphill to the central quadrangle, focusing on Dallas Hall. A new master plan in 1947 by Hare and Hare distributed new quadrangles along the west side of campus. The first class matriculated in 1915, with current enrollment over eleven thousand undergraduate and graduate students.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Southern Methodist University (SMU)", SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 170-170.

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