When describing the cultural origins of the United States, the best way to sum it all up in a single sentence would be that “people brought what they knew with them”, there are countless examples littered all across the USA, all of which show the expansive diversity littered all throughout the region. You can find buildings from different cultural and regional backgrounds, all kinds of people and all kinds of belief systems, Texas’s renowned Texas Tech University is one of the most unique looking universities that one can find in America. This Spanish styled collection of academia buildings is listed as the top five most beautiful universities in America, and the reasons behind its particular design are something that will make anyone think of the building as not only a university, but also as a relic of a bygone era.
This building’s architecture dates back to the time when the Spanish conquistadors’ presence was in Latin America, the time they spent here resulted in a lot of their tastes, cultural aspects and their knowledge rubbing off on the locals. Texas used to be a part of New Spain, when the Spanish started building here, the came up with a new kind of architecture due to the fact that they had to make adaptations because of the environment. This led to the creation of buildings that looked unique, but at the same time, payed homage to traditional Spanish architecture.
At the time of its conception, the area in which this university stands today was isolated, far away from any sort of settlements, this factor also influenced the university’s design; the architects made the entire campus quite spread out over a large area. The architects, namely William Ward Watkin, Paul Horn and Wyatt C. Hedrick, also wanted to come up with a university that would be able to express itself through its physical shape, they wanted to create a campus that would integrate with the cultural climate in the area and all of this led to a campus that would look like it had been teleported straight out of the heart of Spain.
Its stone grey walls consist of materials sourced from local quarries, giving the structure a very Spanish Renaissance era feel, the bricks used in the construction were all specifically made or the campus so that the tan color of Spain could be fully captured. Even as the campus grew over the years, it is remarkable that just how similar and uniform ever building looks, a lot of effort has been put into preserving this heritage’s original look and atmosphere even after the many times it has been further worked on.
Many architects face a trade-off between either preserving a building’s looks or to mold it to fit in with modern structures, the architects behind this university campus chose to do the former, and because of that, this university is one of the very few campuses out there that leave one bedazzled every time they see it.