VIDEO: Dairy Barn history, restoration update from Texas Tech KTTZ-TV
By: Norman Martin
The Dairy Barn, an iconic landmark, stands as a witness to the spirit and vision of those who laid the foundation for Texas Tech University. Today, renovation efforts to save the historic building remain on track.
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With its prime location in the heart of the campus, the Dairy Barn is considered an ideal collaborative and conference space for Texas Tech students, faculty, staff and alumni, said CASNR Dean William Brown.
Proposed renovations largely focus on securing and updating the historical building's interior, he said. Included in the plans are creation of two large meeting areas on the barn's first floor and loft spaces, as well as the addition of several offices in what were originally livestock stalls.
At a meeting last summer, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the barn's design concept and an initial budget to provide planning and design services with an anticipated project budget of $2.6 million. Shortly thereafter College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources officials announced that they had passed their own targeted fundraising goal of $1.3 million.
Built in 1926, the state-of-the-art structure at the time was designed by Fort Worth architect Wyatt Hedrick. By 1931, the university's Dairy Manufactures Department, was self-supporting, furnishing milk and ice cream to campus cafeterias and the Lubbock community.
CONTACT: William Brown, dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
0319NM19 / Editor's Note: For more information and history on Texas Tech's "Dairy Barn Restoration: A Symbol of Innovation & Commitment," click here (CASNR Alumni and Development) and here (Inside Texas Tech)