The Buildings of Sam Houston State University

Documenting the changes of the SHSU campus in Huntsville, Texas
from its inception in 1879 through tomorrow.

About the Campus
Sam Houston

The city of Huntsville is located in the piney woods of East Texas between Dallas and Houston. It is the seat of Walker County and home to Sam Houston State University, named in honor of the American statesman, politician, and solider, Samuel Houston (1793-1863).

SHSU opened October 10, 1879 as Sam Houston Normal Institute, the first teacher training school in the southwestern United States.  In its 135 years, Sam Houston State University has become a leader in academics, athletics, service, and research.

Austin Hall

Historic Happenings
LSC at 50

The Lowman Student Center opened fifty years ago this year.  Celebrate the man it honors and the ever-changing lives of SHSU students.

Other Information
2008 Campus Master Plan

The SHSU Campus Master Plan Update was approved in February 2013 by the Texas State University System Board of Regents. The plan calls for new or improved academic space, new residence halls, non-academic structures, and a parking garage. [Full Report]

It's sort of a scavenger hunt to see how observant you are. It's supposed to be sort of fun, too. We'll give you a haiklu and a letter and leave it up to you to figure out the source of the writing on the wall...or floor, or ceiling, or wherever else the mood strikes. You'll get the idea pretty soon.

Writing on the Wall

Last Small House Standing

Nineteen small houses stand on campus...which one will be the last (small) house standing? Toss your guess into the mix and say you particpated!

News & Updates
Health and Counseling Center
The Student Health and Counseling Center is a two-story building that would house a combined health center and counseling center. Students voted in favor of increasing the medical service fee in October 2012. Groundbreaking began in October 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2014. [News].

In October 2012, SHSU students voted to approve a fee increase to fund an expansion of the Lowman Student Center. The LSC project calls for two phases: phase one builds on the former Smith-Kirkley site, and phase two includes renovations to the existing facility [News].

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