University of Texas Tower History

The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower, designed by Paul Cret of Philadelphia, was completed in 1937. Through the years, the Tower has served as the University's most distinguishing landmark and as a symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity.

The observation deck of the UT Tower offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions. Thanks to the cooperative effort of students, staff, and the University administration, the observation deck has recently been remodeled and reopened to the public for the first time in nearly three decades. As a part of the renovation process, persons with disabilities now also have access to this monumental view.

Observation deck tours are available by reservation only through the Texas Union Information Center. For information on availability and the schedule of tour reservations, please call (512) 475-6633, or toll free at 1-877-475-6633 for calls from outside the Austin area.

The University of Texas at Austin offers an invitation to all to visit our campus and The University of Texas Tower, either in person or virtually through the links listed below. This building has truly become the symbol which its esteemed designer intended, "the image carried in our memory when we think of the place.