Our Skyline Campus is a treasure for future generations. Trinity University seeks to create a historic district within its campus on the National Register of Historic Places. This initiative is part of the University’s recently completed Campus Master Plan.
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The Trinity campus is distinctive with its significant collection of regionalist and mid-century modern buildings by a single architect, renowned San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford.
In the early 1950s, Trinity’s 14th president James Laurie and Ford empowered each other to create a vision to build a campus on the site of an abandoned rock quarry. As the University built the Skyline Campus, the “Miracle on Trinity Hill” transpired. Designation on the National Register of Historic Places is the most appropriate way to honor the campus’ architectural history and maintain flexibility for a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.
Establishing a historic district is central to Trinity’s new Campus Master Plan, which pairs the University’s mission with its architectural legacy.
Boundaries to the historic district will encompass all of the University’s buildings designed by O’Neil Ford. The Campus Master Plan reinforces the historic nature of campus and establishes criteria that will guide decisions for renovations, enhancements, space usage, and new construction in the coming decades.
The Campus Master Plan goes beyond the decision to seek designation as a national historic district. A few of the signature strategies include:
Trinity’s Campus Master Plan is the result of a year-and-a-half-long collaborative planning process that engaged faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external stakeholders.
The process was also informed by data from an interactive online survey to explore how the community navigates and experiences the campus; student focus groups; interviews with key stakeholders, including area architects; a dining study, a housing demand study, and feedback gathered at several campus forums.
Trinity University celebrates 75 years in San Antonio in 2017. It was a bold decision to move here in 1942 at the invitation of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Trinity’s Campus Master Plan honors the University’s architectural legacy and its academic mission. The University’s application for designation on the National Register of Historic Places is the best approach for Trinity University. Institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Emory, Washington University in St. Louis, Bowdoin, Wooster, Franklin & Marshall, and Washington & Lee – just to name a few – have taken similar approaches with some of their historic buildings and campuses.
We are excited to recognize and celebrate the coherent collection of buildings and landscape features, while maintaining the flexibility needed for a 21st century liberal arts education.