Adaptive reuse at St. Ed’s

The March issue of Metropolis magazine highlights the conversion of Doyle Hall and additions to it at St. Edward’s University. Credits go to Austin architectural firm Specht Harpman, which made extensive use of aluminum solar sunshades manufactured by Austin American Awning (on St. Elmo Road, a great unknown street for exploring), using stock parts. Also mentioned is Sasaki Associates, responsible for the campus’s master landscape plan as well as the part of it encompassing the Doyle Hall project and nearby Premont Hall.

The Metropolis issue is not on line yet. Browsers at a magazine rack will find this two-page article beginning on page 34 (byline Marc Kristal). This complex is on the map at the northwest corner of campus, toward South Congress.

Sometimes it seems that all we ever hear about or read about are the Forty Acres, and it’s easy to forget that St. Ed’s and Huston-Tillotson both enjoy enviable views of all Austin from their hilltops, one south of downtown and one just east of it, and that they both can be seen themselves from many vantage points around town.

I think it’s funny that there’s mention of a live oak tree, described as “an object of reverence in Texas.”

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