Tyson House News

Campus Quirks: Odd but Wonderful Things about UT

Two female students walking on the Joe Johnson and John Ward Pedestrian Walkway by the sculpture A Startling Whirlwind of Opportunity by Alice Aycock. Photography by FJ Gaylor Photography.

UT is home to some unique stuff. You’ve probably heard about the Anthropology Research Facility and the Bass Donated Skeletal Collection housed in a basement room in Neyland Stadium. While these two parts of campus are well-known curiosities, there are plenty of other eyebrow-raising things to see on Rocky Top.

Torchbearer Plaza Bricks Find Their Way Back to Circle Park

Bricks in warehouse_crop

The Volunteer statue in Torchbearer Plaza has witnessed many milestones since his 1968 debut on campus including marriage proposals, the Vol Walk, and plenty of graduation day photos. The recent renovation of the plaza has provided a unique opportunity for alumni staff to return a piece of UT history to hundreds of Volunteers.

Ayres Hall, Tyson House Added to National Register of Historic Places

Ayres Hall

Two of the university’s most well-known buildings, Ayres Hall and Tyson House, are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They join the Hopecote guest house as the three UT buildings listed among the 113 Knoxville-area properties on the register.