West Zone of the University of Florida Historic Campus:  Gateway




The Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places is located in the Northeast sector of the Campus Historic Impact Area. The UF Preservation Plan and Guidelines for Restoration and New Construction discuss the Historic Impact Area in four zones. The overall character of each zone is summarized, followed by definition of individual buildings and features.

The West Zone is characterized by Collegiate Gothic buildings engaged by courtyards. The original 1905 Master Plan designated this area for dormitories and functions specific to student life, including athletic endeavors. At its opening semester in 1906, the University of Florida conducted all operations from its only two buildings, Thomas and Buckman Halls. These buildings were joined by additional dormitories in 1929 and 1939 with courtyards between. 1919 Gymnasium, the 1929 Florida Pool, the 1936 Florida Union student at Dauer Hall, the 1931 Infirmary, and agricultural activities were added to this zone. Funding by the Yardley family in 2004 allowed the development of the Yardley Courtyard which fulfilled the original plan of open space at the heart of this zone.


   Character Defining Features


Visual presence of Collegiate Gothic Campus and its evolution

Buildings in rectilinear relationships engaging courtyards

Continuity of massing, scale, and height

Continuity of materials and visual concept

Tower entrances to dormitory courtyards


Central courtyard, dormitory courtyards, and periphery landscape

Gardens at historic Gymnasium and 2007 Pugh Hall and Graham Center

Landscape appropriate to region

Pedestrian linkages


The open space of the Plaza of the Americas extended to the Southwest

Extension of open space to the East, linking South of the University Auditorium

Orientation toward the extended green created in adjacent new buildings

Landscape appropriate to region


Buildings and Sites of the West Zone of the University of Florida Historic Campus


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