University Memorial Auditorium University Memorial Auditorium


The University Auditorium is the centerpiece of the UF Campus. The landmark designed by William Edwards has impressive Gothic windows, a 99 rank organ with approximately 6,500 pipes, and a vaulted timber ceiling with gargoyle busts at the ends of hammerbeam trusses representing academic, professional, and athletic pursuits. Behind the historic finishes are steel roof trusses and reinforced concrete structure. For many years assemblies and commencement ceremonies were held here, and audiences still enjoy musical and dramatic performances. An administrative tower had been planned for the University Auditorium facing the Plaza of the Americas, but only the Auditorium wing was completed with a temporary wood stair facing the Plaza. The project was set aside when the Florida Land Boom crashed in 1927 and was finally abandoned in 1951 when Tigert Hall was built to respond to the dramatic growth of the Post-World War II student body. The Century Tower was erected in 1953. In 1977 the Auditorium was restored and a new North wing provided a compatible architectural completion of the building. The wing designed by Architect Jim McGinley won the Governorís Award in 1977.

Character Defining Features


  • SCALE camera
  •           3-1/2 stories

  • MASSING camera
  •           Retangular with addition at North

  • ROOF camera
  •           Gable

  • ENTRANCES camera
  •          Ends of original building on long side

  • WINDOWS camera
  •           4 over 4 light double hung

              6 over 6 light double hung

              Large Gothic window with tracery

  • MATERIALS camera
  •           Brick is Common Bond

              6th course Flemish Bond

              Light red flat tile with "bump" ridge tiles

              Copper valley flashing and downspouts

  •           Cast stone entrnce surround

              Cast stone water table, copings, decorative sculpture and tracery

              Plaster faux-wood gargoyles capping interior hammer beam trusses

  •           Hall interior with Gothic Revival hammer deams and ornament

  •           Open green space on either side


    University Memorial Auditorium


    Architect:  William Augustus Edwards; 1977 James McGinley


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