Ayres Hall, Knoxville

Ayres Hall, Knoxville

At the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville, the iconic and historic Ayres Hall stands as a central landmark. The building was completed in 1921, designed by Miller, Fullenwider, and Dowling of Chicago, and named after Brown Ayres, UT's 12th president, from 1904 to 1909.

In 2008, an extensive restoration project began and ended in January 2011, adding central air conditioning and heating, terrazzo floors and benches, clock faces for the tower, refurbished classroom furnishings, and a north courtyard.

The Gothic Revival structure is 140 feet (43 m) tall, with a distinctive checkerboard feature at the top of the tower replicated in UT Orange and white at Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. The College of Arts and Sciences offices and UT's mathematics department are located in the building. The clock faces and terrazzo floors were in the original designs, while the north courtyard was not part of the original plan.

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Sight Name: Ayres Hall
Sight Location: Knoxville, USA (See walking tours in Knoxville)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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