One more day dawns at Texas Tech and the light bounces off the colorful clay tiled roofs and rests on the carved faces of the administration building.
The students pass by these buildings every single day but they have absolutely no idea about the history behind what MSNBC considers among the top 5 prettiest campuses of the US.
Just like www.holmsecurity.com takes care of your online security and vulnerability, this architecture has stood the test of time and protected everything inside the university.
An associate professor at the College of Architecture, Ben Shacklette, said that the architectural style of this university goes all the way back to Spanish conquistadors who influenced the building styles all over Latin America.
He said that it took a while to understand what American architecture really was and in simple terms, it is basically a combination of everything that was learned from abroad. Texas was considered a part of Spain and when the Spanish started building, they adapted to the climate and area. But this doesn’t mean they weren’t being influenced by whatever they had already known.
Shacklette said that the entire concept of universities was imported itself from Europe. He added that the decision for legislators back then was based on the fact Lubbock was far from the rest. It was going to be isolated.
Lubbock was likened to Salamanca and this style was produced in California and Texas with missions. The campus was supposed to be very different from Ivy League schools and was made using different materials.
Even the bricks used in the construction were made for Texas Tech. They were made to resemble the tan colored lands of Spain and were created by Acme Brick. It was pretty much the same for the clay tiles that were also used on the roof.