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Photos sought of historic Halbouty lecture hall ceiling

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 April 6, 2016 10:08 AM updated: April 6, 2016 4:56 PM

Do you have old photos showing the Halbouty lecture hall ceiling?

Texas A&M is restoring the historical Dudley Hughes '51 Lecture Hall inside the Halbouty Geosciences Building and is in need of photographic evidence of the original colorful and intricately stenciled ceiling.

If you have photos taken before 1987 and especially before 1963, please contact A&M archivist Greg Bailey at Photos in black-and-white or in color are sought.

The Hughes lecture hall was originally known as “Room 101.” Click here to take a 360-degree virtual tour of its modern form – a state-of-the art lecture hall with projection and surround-sound video.

The Halbouty building was constructed in 1932 and originally had a central tower with an art-deco dome, which disguised a water tank. The tower was removed in 1972, and in 1977 the building – originally the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Building – was renamed for Michel T. Halbouty ’30, a geologist and petroleum engineer.

Below, a Cushing Archives photo shows the building before its tower was removed, and the campus map shows its location between the newer Doherty and Reed McDonald buildings, added in the 1960s.

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