Student housing at the University of Houston evolved for much the same reason the urban university itself developed and why it is opening a College of Medicine: In response to a critical need in the community.
After World War II, when Johnny came marching home, he didn’t have a place to live. With a surge in the number of students attending college on the GI Bill, a Veterans’ Village popped up where the UH Law Center now stands. For 1,500 former soldiers-turned-students and their families, home was one of over 650 trailers and prefabricated temporary buildings that filled the neighborhood.
Soon, The Quadrangle, also known as “The Quad,” would come to life, consisting of several residence halls: Bates, Law, Oberholtzer (OB), Settegast and Taub.
For almost 70 years the Quad was home, a safe space for generations of Cougars to rest their weary heads, do their homework and have a little fun.
But time stands still for no one, and the Quad is coming down, making room for the ever-expanding student body at UH. New halls will be larger, housing 200 more students.
In the mid-1940s, University of Houston’s first president, E. E. Oberholtzer, requested the Board of Regents appoint a committee to see if there was need for dormitories. There was.
Construction began on Oberholtzer Hall.
Dorm life and social activities in the ‘50s centered around dances, charity events and various club meetings and events many held at the Quad.
September 13, 1950
Quadrangle opens with only Taub Hall up and running, housing both men and women.
December 15, 1951
All five buildings are completed in the Quad at a cost of $3,696,000.
There were curfews, dating parlors and “necking areas.” In 1954 the rules made national news.
February 27, 1955
The buildings are dedicated and plaques installed with names.
Students starting the day off with breakfast from the O.B. Hall cafeteria.
1956: Students checking mail at Oberholtzer Hall.
“The ’60s will always be remembered as a decade of reform, political and social unrest, anti-war sentiments, and ‘peace and love.’ The Quad way of life at the time directly reflected these views.” Fence Worchel, former OB resident
“I spent some of the greatest years of my life at the Quad. I have friends, to this day, that I made at the Quad. It’s a part of my life that will always be with me.” Robert Wuhl, actor, comedian, writer
Robert Wuhl in hat, second from right, in OB shirt
The Quad Squad preparing for a flag football game.
One freshman at Law became angry when told the hall was 24-hour quiet and said he would move out if the policy was not changed. It was.
“My older brother, my wife, my younger brother, my brother-in-law and I each lived in Taub between 1996 and 2009, but never at the same time.”
Adam Burns, a Quadrangle resident, smiles because he is using the newest and fastest computer.
“By living at the dorms, I became more involved and was able to meet new people through different organizations and had more opportunities to be in leadership positions.” Jake Hughey, 2000
Rooms in the Quad renovated.
UH announces its oldest residence halls, The Quad, will be demolished to build new residence halls with an additional 200 beds.
UH donates remaining 2,211 pieces of furniture to Houston-area charities.