Tidwell Bible Building

Tidwell Bible Building

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.

Tidwell Second Floor
Tidwell Second Floor
Tidwell First Floor
Tidwell First Floor
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Feb
24
2020
WACO, Texas (Feb. 24, 2020) – At its regular February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents celebrated the groundbreaking of the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center – a new multi-purpose facility that will serve as an exciting new entry point to Baylor’s campus – and approved the final phase and project budget of the $21.2 million restoration of the University’s iconic Tidwell Bible Building.
May
17
2019
WACO, Texas (May 17, 2019) – At its regular spring meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents celebrated the historic $100 million gift for Baylor’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign that undergirds Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan, and impacts every aspect of campus while also bolstering financial support for students and the priorities of Baylor’s 12 schools and colleges.
Apr
25
2019
WACO, Texas (April 25, 2019) – Baylor University today announced a $15 million leadership gift from The Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, that will provide significant support for one of the University’s highest priority endeavors within its $1.1 billion Give Light philanthropic campaign: the renovation and restoration of the iconic Tidwell Bible Building. The project is among the nearly $300 million in capital improvements planned as part of the campaign that will support Illuminate, the University’s academic strategic plan.
Mar
6
2019
Practically every Baylor student over the past 60+ years has taken at least one class in Tidwell Bible Building, home today to the university’s religion and history departments. When Baylor announced last fall the launch of “Give Light” — a $1.1 billion fundraising campaign to support the university’s strategic plan, Illuminate — a top-to-bottom renovation of …