University of Tulsa Walking Tour, Tulsa

University of Tulsa Walking Tour (Self Guided), Tulsa

Located on the historic U.S. Route 66, America's "Mother Road", the University of Tulsa campus centers on a wide, grassy, quad-like space, known as Dietler Commons. Formerly called "The U", it is found not far from the downtown area and is dominated by English Gothic architecture.

At the top of Deitler Commons sits one of the campus' most notable landmarks, the McFarlin Library. It is named after Robert and Ida McFarlin, the library's primary benefactors, whose only stipulation with the gift was that the view of Downtown Tulsa from the Library could never be blocked.

Other key attractions on the campus include:

H.A. Chapman Stadium – formerly known as Skelly Field, the home base of TU football team since 1930.

Sharp Chapel – named for its principal donors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sharp, it houses the Offices of University Chaplain and serves the religious needs of multiple denominations present on campus, as well as hosts many awards ceremonies and weddings.

Donald W. Reynolds Center – home to women's volleyball along with the men's and women's basketball programs.

For a more detailed look into the heritage facilities of the University of Tulsa campus, take this self-guided walking tour.
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University of Tulsa Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: University of Tulsa Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Tulsa (See other walking tours in Tulsa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Dietler Commons (University of Tulsa)
  • McFarlin Library
  • Sharp Chapel
  • H. A. Chapman Stadium
  • Donald W. Reynolds Center
Dietler Commons (University of Tulsa)

1) Dietler Commons (University of Tulsa)

Dietler Commons is the center of the University of Tulsa campus. The grassy quad offers easy access to many of the university's most important and prominent buildings. Students and visitors can reach John Mabee Hall, Chapman Hall, the McFarlin Library and Sharp Chapel from the sidewalks that surround and intersect Dietler Commons.

The commons was named after Cortlandt amd Martha Dietler. Both alums of the University of Tulsa, the Dietlers built over 30 oil and gas companies. Cortlandt served on the Board of Trustees and chaired the New Century Campaign. The Dietlers also provided an ample gift to use as a permanent fund for beautifying the campus.

Dietler Commons is known as the location of many student events and gatherings. Most notable among these is arguably the homecoming bonfire that takes place each fall.

Prior to being named Dietler Commons, the quad was known as "The U." This is due to the large flower bed in the center of the quad that has flowers spelling out "TU."
McFarlin Library

2) McFarlin Library

At the top of Deitler Commons sits one of the campus' most notable landmarks, the McFarlin Library, which is named after Robert and Ida McFarlin, the library's primary benefactors. The McFarlins had only one stipulation with their gift, the view of Downtown Tulsa from McFarlin can never be blocked. Ground breaking ceremonies took place on May 3, 1929 and the edifice was dedicated on June 1, 1930.

The library continued to grow over the years, adding two five-story additions by 1979. Currently, the library houses over three million items and is noted for its collections of 20th-century British, Irish, and American literature, including the world's second largest collection of materials by James Joyce. It also houses the papers of Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul. The library also contains a vast collection of books on Native American history. Renovations began in the spring of 2007 on a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) addition that consolidated the library's computing and technology resources into one location. The library's reading rooms were restored to provide quiet areas for student and faculty study. Construction was completed in 2009.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Sharp Chapel

3) Sharp Chapel

Named for its principal donors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sharp, Sharp Chapel was completed on November 27, 1959. It replaced the university's original chapel that was located in Kendall Hall before its destruction and replacement by the current Kendall Hall theater building. Sharp Chapel houses the Offices of University Chaplain and serves the religious needs of multiple denominations present on campus as well as hosting many awards ceremonies and weddings.

Additions to Sharp Chapel were completed in the spring of 2004, including the Westminster Room, an atrium, kitchen, and a second floor including administrative offices and a conference room.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
H. A. Chapman Stadium

4) H. A. Chapman Stadium

H.A. Chapman Stadium is the football stadium of the University of Tulsa. The Golden Hurricanes have played at this stadium since it was opened in 1930. It was designed by Smith & Senter Architects.

Originally called Skelly Field after William Skelly, founder of Skelly Oil Company, the stadium originally offered 14,500 seats. It was greatly expanded in 1947, and then fully renovated again in 2008 under the design of 360 Architects architectural firm. The stadium now offers seats for 30,000 visitors, which makes it the smallest football stadium in its conference. It also has a new pressbox, club and loge seating and a new scoreboard.

The stadium was renamed after the primary benefactor for the renovation, H.A. Chapman. However, the field itself is still referred to as Skelly Field. It is said that there are no bad seats at H.A. Chapman Stadium and any choice is a good choice when buying tickets. Those visiting the stadium should note that video cameras are not allowed.
Donald W. Reynolds Center

5) Donald W. Reynolds Center

Donald W. Reynolds Center is an 8,355-seat multi-purpose arena in Tulsa. The arena opened in 1998 and is named for Donald W. Reynolds. It is home to the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball and volleyball teams.

The facility's first basketball game took place on December 29, 1998, when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane faced the Cleveland State Vikings. The home team came away with a 79–51 victory in front of a sellout crowd. The Hurricane men's team proceeded to sell-out six of the next seven games played in the Reynolds Center and posted an overall 7–1 record in their inaugural season. In 14 seasons, Tulsa basketball has compiled a 182–53 record at the Reynolds Center for a .774 winning percentage through the 2012–2013. Tulsa has played in front of 41 sellout crowds.

In the first season of Golden Hurricane basketball at the arena, Tulsa averaged 8,282 fans for eight games. Tulsa's next highest home attendance average came in 2002–2003, when the Hurricane played in front of an average of 8,250 fans for 14 regular season home games.

The Reynolds Center played host to the 2001–2002 and 2002–2003 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments.

Since opening, the Reynolds Center has hosted a Reba McIntyre concert, NAIA national basketball tournament and a Bob Newhart concert.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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