Georgetown, TX

Georgetown TX, is located 25 miles north of Austin and is home to the most beautiful town squares in the state.  At one time, a cattle trail named, “The Shawnee” led thousands upon thousands of cattle through the heart of this small town to the rail centers in Kansas and Missouri.  Today, Georgetown is home to one of the best preserved Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts, with The Beaux-Arts Williamson County Courthouse, built in 1911, as its centerpiece.

The establishment of Southwestern University in 1873 contributed to the town’s growth and is located about ½ mile from the historic downtown area.  This private, four-year, undergraduate college that encompases 700 acres, was founded in 1840.  Southwestern claims to be the first university in Texas and in 2015, the university celebrated its 175th Anniversary!  The main campus is organized around a central academic mall formed by a semi-circular grassy area bounded by a pedestrian walkway and academic buildings and is absolutely breathtaking… I was completely impressed by the historical value and what this college has to offer its students.

Notable Buildings:

The Roy and Lillie Cullen Building (formerly called the Administration Building) was built in 1898. The Cullen Building currently houses the administration, business office, alumni relations, and classrooms. Throughout various times in its history, it has also housed the campus auditorium, gymnasium, chapel, and library.

CullenOld

Southwestern University Special Collections
http://www.southwestern.edu/about/tour.php

The Lois Perkins Chapel was built in 1950 and includes an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ and stunning stained glass windows.

Mood-Bridwell Hall, originally a men’s dormitory, was completed in 1908 and currently houses classrooms, faculty offices, a computer lab, the Debbie Ellis Writing Center, and an indoor atrium.

men_of_mood_ Bridwell Hall 1910

Southwestern University Special Collections
http://www.southwestern.edu/about/tour.php

Thank you Megan and Brian for the wonderful tour of this amazing city!

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11 thoughts on “Georgetown, TX

  1. Sue says:

    Some lovely images, Cynthia!

  2. Dan Traun says:

    Beautiful campus and downtown. Great series of images honey.

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    Great captures of this beautiful town, Cynthia. I love the textures you’ve added – the bench with tree limbs caught my eye. Wonderful job.

  4. terraburrah says:

    Beautiful, as always. 🙂

  5. Impressive history for that school, and I enjoyed your photos. Some slick PP in there too, makes it interesting. Sounds like the Texas trip was a fun time, glad you guys enjoyed yourselves. 🙂

  6. esbwoodford says:

    Beautiful images. I am photographing there next week and am curious if the image of the man standing on the stone stairs with the large columns to the side is the Cullen Building? Thanks for any info! Erica

    • Hello Erica, I do have to apologize for not getting back to you… This comment got lost in the shuffle. The building that Megan is standing in front of (with the large columns) is the Mood-Bridwell Hall. I hope your trip went well and you got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and all the great food 🙂

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