Baughman Center
Century Tower
Smathers Library
University Auditorium
Plaza of the Americas

A Long Building Process

Located in the center of campus, just adjacent to Century Tower, the University Auditorium is another well-recognized piece of the UF campus.
The auditorium was designed by one of UF’s primary architects, William A. Edwards. (Auditorium)

The building, originally deemed the Memorial Auditorium, was meant to be part of an “elaborate administration building which included a 190-foot tower in the overall design.”(Auditorium) And though the cornerstone for the building was set in 1922, it took years for the building to be completed.
Later, in 1977, the auditorium was renovated and expanded by Gainesville architect James McGinley. (Auditorium)

Collegiate Gothic Style Architecture

One glance at the outside of the auditorium and it is obvious why this building has been put on the list of National Register of Historic Places. The building exemplifies Collegiate Gothic style with its “decorated vaulted ceilings, gargoyles, exterior ornamentation and spires.”(Auditorium)
Though it is hard to put into words what Collegiate Gothic style is, it is influenced by medieval Gothic architecture. It became popular during the 19th century, especially for academic, political and religious buildings, because of its “moral overtones.”(Architecture)

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