Solid Foundation: A Look Back at Texas Tech's First Building

Nov. 11 marks the 90th anniversary of when the cornerstone for the Administration Building was set.

In the 1920s, November 11th was known as Armistice Day, a day commemorating the end of World War I and the soldiers who fought. However, on that day in 1924, it was an even more special than usual in Lubbock. It was the day that the the cornerstone for the first building on the Texas Technological College campus was set and leveled.

The Administration Building would soon become a masterpiece of architecture and detailed stone work. It started the familiar trend for Texas Tech buildings that is now called the Texas Tech Spanish Renaissance Style. When the college opened the following year, this three-story building housed classrooms, the administrative offices, the library, and the college of liberal arts.