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Initially there was competition amongst architects to rebuild the old building A man named Frederick was its first architect As the need for the building to be recognized and known grew so did the need for a recognized architect Hence an architect named Gilbert who had previously designed the Supreme Court and the monument to commerce was hired Later Herbert Greene was hired too Eventually in 1920 wealth amassed as the University became funded by oil Paul Philippe Cret who had a history of having contributed 19 structures to the world of architecture was the last and final architect employed to design the main building and the tower The University of Texas tower and main building seem to have been built slightly elevated in comparison to the rest of the campus An open quadrangle occupies the area in front of the main building This feature is representative of renaissance cities The open space suggests that large trees or buildings that are too close should not obstruct the view of the building and tower The designer Paul Cret has also utilized a meticulous axial arrangement North of the main building is associated with women as it houses the womens gym and other structures built for the exclusive use of females The south emphasizes on politics as an axis of symmetry exists with the Texas State Capitol erected in 1888 The East axis seems to be a nod to nature as one observes grass open space and the serenity that comes with both these features this was prior to the academic building being erected The West symbolizes commerce as is represented by the busy street of Guadalupe and the Merchants exchange building It is interesting to note that even the statues a distance in front of the main building face the South toward the Texas State
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