Ayres Hall

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Probably the most recognizable building on campus, Ayres Hall is an integral part of the University of Tennessee history. Named after UT’s 12th president, Brown Ayres, its commemorative plaque was spelled wrong (Ayers) for over 60 years.

Completed in 1921 at 140 feet tall, its history is not limited to academics. The brick pattern under the clock was the inspiration for Tennessee’s Big Orange checkerboard.

Coach Robert R. Neyland was said to yell for his players, “Don’t stop until the clock runs out or until you reach the checkerboard.” The north end of the stadium was open to the clock tower checkerboard which was his reference point. The famous orange and white patterns were not added to the endzone until 1964.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. All works are copyright protected.


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