Battle Hall

University of Texas at Austin
National Register of Historic Places

Key Issues

• Carefully investigate the original concealed gutter system to determine specific conditions and develop solutions to remedy ongoing water infiltration

• Perform non-destructive testing of limestone veneer to locate original masonry anchors and evaluate damage from long term water infiltration

• Infrared thermographic (IRT) scanning was used to evaluate the inaccessible exterior cornice and high reading room ceiling to locate pockets of deterioration

• In coordination with the State Fire Marshal and University staff architects, we developed a plan for life safety egress that merges modern university use with historic character

• Outline specifications for conservation of interior finishes and features

• Recommendations for integration of building systems and accessibility improvements that are compatible with the original architectural character


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Battle Hall was designed by acclaimed New York architect Cass Gilbert. It was the first building on campus in the Spanish Renaissance architectural style that now defines the character of the university. In 2007, the AIA recognized Battle Hall as one of 150 favorite American buildings.

Initially as part of a larger team, and then independently, we were asked by the University to study particular issues of concern with the building. Our work helped to establish a restoration approach and program for building systems integration and material conservation.

In 2007, the American Institute of Architects recognized Battle Hall as one of 150 favorite American buildings.