The University of Texas at Austin has six red-roofed campus buildings on the South Mall that are commonly referred to as the “six pack.” Batts, Mezes, and Benedict are on the east side; Parlin, Calhoun, and Homer Rainey Hall are on the west side.
Most of the buildings were built in the 1930s, but Calhoun Hall was finished in 1968. The term “six pack” probably dates from 1968 or soon afterward.
UT students commonly refer to the six buildings that flank the South Mall as THE SIX PACK. On the east side of the South Mall are Batts, Mezes and Benedict. On the west side of the South Mall are Parlin, Calhoun, and Homer Rainey Hall.
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A group of six buildings on the South Mall: Parlin, Batts, Benedict, Mezes, Calhoun and Rainey.
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South – The English Building (now Parlin Hall) is brand new on the South Mall, though the “six pack” won’t be completed until the arrival of Calhoun Hall in 1968. The statue of George Washington was unveiled on the mall in the spring of 1955.
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You are standing on the south side observation deck, looking out onto one of the most beautiful areas on campus: the South Mall. It’s a wide, grassy area flanked by two walkways. You can’t see the walkways from here, as they are totally obscured by the canopy of the oak trees that line them.
The mall is bordered by six red-roofed buildings, commonly referred to as the six pack. They were constructed in the 1930s. On the left are Batts and Mezes and Benedict. On the right are Parlin and Calhoun and Old Music.
Lower right and left, in the foliage of the nearest oak trees, you can just see the U.S. flag (right) and the Texas flag (left).
The tall, greenish, reflective-glass tower at top right is Dobie Mall, a private dormitory. The bottom two floors of Dobie contain a small mall, with a food court, clothing stores, bookstores, Dobie Theatre, and the University Federal Credit Union.
The building to the left of the six pack is the Graduate School of Business.
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In reality, a French architect named Paul Cret designed the Tower. Before coming to UT, Cret was head of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of architecture. He also had a separate practice in Philadelphia before UT hired him in the 1930s to work on the campus master plan, explained Nicar.
“He’s the one who created the Tower as well as the Union, and designed what’s now the “Six Pack.” He planned for growth, what the buildings should look like, the style,” Nicar said.
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