Temple College, Uptown Center

Temple, Texas

Constructed in 1912, the Italian Renaissance-style building that now houses Temple College’s Uptown Center originally was a post office and later the city library. The white limestone and cement building underwent renovations that included installing interior partitions, replacing and renovating floors, updating lighting systems, ADA restroom expansions, painting and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$16.37FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation restorations, and HVAC upgrades.

The Renaissance Revival building, which is a Texas Historic Landmark, had provided a city library program until leased by Temple College in 1999. It now houses the college’s Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CADD) and Small Business Development Center. The center also provides a place for activities such as seminars, workshops, exhibits and concerts for the downtown community.

The first floor of the 16,800-square-foot facility has a fully restored ornamental staircase, 20-foot vaulted plaster ceilings, wrought-iron window trim, and marble and wood flooring. The center is an important part of the city of Temple’s Uptown Redevelopment Program, which is renovating and rejuvenating its town square.

Photographer: ©Steve Ratcliffe