Buckman Hall Buckman Hall


Buckman Hall, along with Thomas Hall, was one the two buildings that comprised the University of Florida at its opening for Fall Semester 1906. These buildings provided all the services of the University from dormitories to classroom, faculty and administrative offices. During World War I, soldiers lived in Buckman Hall and drilled on the adjacent field. The North wing of Buckman was used for classrooms until after World War II. Each of the entrances to the individual suites is headed by a plaque with a Renaissance inspired figure, often called the "Anguished Scholar." The building was named for Henry Buckman, the legislator who authorized the higher education consolidation bill, known as the Buckman Act, which established the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Character Defining Features


  •           3-1/2 Stories

              39' top of parapet eave

              51' top of ridge

  • MASSING camera
  •           Rectangular (I-shape)

              Projecting angled bays

              292 feet long

  • ROOF
  •           Gable

              Crenellated parapet

  • ENTRANCES camera
  •           Individual entrances facing courtyard

              Cast stone ornament at door surrounds

  •           6 over 6 lights

              Double Hung, wood

              Paired or tripled

              Wide center sash and narrower side sash

  • MATERIALS camera
  •           Brick is Common Bond with course 6 alternating header/stretcher

              6th course is Flemish Bond

  •           Water table - half round with bulging torus

              Sculpture - anguished scholar

              Cast cap at top of bay window

              Cast sills

  •           Forms one wing defining a rectangular courtyard

              The proportion of clear space in the courtyards between the buildings is at least twice the ground to parapet height


    Buckman Hall


    Architect:  William Edwards 1914; library addition by Rudolph Weaver 1939; East wing and deanís office by Guy Fulton 1949-50

    Contractor:  W. T. Hudlow

    Building Name:  U.S. Senator Nathan Bryan, first chair of the State Board of Control for Florida Universities


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