The oldest surviving medical school building west of the Mississippi River is the focus of a special exhibition at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
The Moody Medical Library at the medical branch is celebrating the anniversary of the building, affectionately known as Old Red, which housed the original UT medical department that eventually became UTMB. In fact, the building served as the only classroom and laboratory space for the university until 1922.
"Old Red: 120 Years and Counting" chronicles the history of the 1891 Ashbel Smith Building, including its design, construction, years of service and survival.
Old Red survived the 1900 Storm, a fire in the 1950s and near demolition in the 1960s.
After a complete restoration in 1986, Old Red was reopened and once again used as laboratory, classroom and office space.
On Sept. 13, 2008, the building sustained damage from water forced onto the island by Hurricane Ike, and the building is being renovated.
"Old Red: 120 Years and Counting" will remain on display in the library until the end of September. It can be viewed during regular hours: 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
The library is on the corner of Ninth and Market streets.
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