Austin Hall, the oldest building on the campus of Sam Houston State University, located in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, was designed in the Greek revival style and built in 1852. Situated on top of the site once known as “Capitol Hill,” the two-story, red-orange colored brick building with large white Tuscan columns and onion domed cupola is the anchor building at the north end of the campus quad in the historic heart of the campus. The building accommodated the state’s first law school, as well as the first tax-supported teacher training institute, and has served the state’s various educational interests for 160 years. Austin hall is the oldest extant college building in Texas, and one of the oldest college and university buildings in continuous use west of the Mississippi River.
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