Huston-Tillotson University Library Renovation Under Way
Tuesday Sep, 25 2012
Taken from the Austin American-Statesman by Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
The reading rooms and libraries at Huston-Tillotson University have been modernized from time to time since the founding of Samuel Huston and Tillotson colleges in the mid-1870s. Downs-Jones Library is now undergoing a complete renovation.
The $1.8 million project will provide additional open space, study space, an elevator, a cafe, a central staircase with a glass handrail, a new circulation desk and new mechanical systems. The library will be stocked with books, publications, videos, computers and artwork. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The library is named for two former presidents of the parent schools: Karl E. Downs, who led Samuel Huston College from 1943 to 1948, and William H. Jones, president of Tillotson College from 1944 to 1952.
Huston-Tillotson, at 900 Chicon St. in central East Austin, is also remodeling two rooms in the Agard-Lovinggood building that will house a communications center with a sound studio, control room, offices and student lounge.
The $220,000 renovation is expected to be finished by the end of November. It is part of a reorganization of the communications major, which was brought back last fall after being discontinued for several years, said university spokeswoman Linda Jackson.