The iconic Tidwell Bible Building opened in 1954 as a testament to the impact of Rev. Josiah Blake Tidwell, who taught religion for 36 years and served as chair of Baylor's Department of Religion in the early 1900s. When fundraising efforts began for the facility, then-Baylor President Pat Neff said, "Religion is both the center and the circumference of Baylor. Therefore, the Bible Building on the campus of Baylor will objectify in a significant way the place the Bible has in the entire life of the University."
During its more than 60 years as part of the core of Baylor's campus, Tidwell Bible Building has served tens of thousands of Baylor students who have completed religion, philosophy, history, sociology, nursing, modern foreign language, and sacred music classes in its classrooms. Today, the facility remains home to the religion and history departments.
Critical renovations are needed to this historic building to preserve its beauty and improve its effectiveness. In addition to improving infrastructure, the renovation of Tidwell's 57,000 square feet will dramatically expand and enhance academic instruction, modernize the learning environment, provide collaboration spaces for students, and shape faculty offices for greater interaction with colleagues and students.