Temple Considers Moving Art School To Main Campus

Posted: May 10, 1987

Temple University administrators are considering moving the Tyler School of Art from Elkins Park to Temple's main campus in North Philadelphia as part of a plan to consolidate several college arts programs in one building.

Temple vice president James Hilty said Thursday that as part of the university's plan to develop the eastern portion of the main campus - a section that stretches east of Broad Street - administrators have considered combining Tyler's program with others offered at the main campus. If the move occurs, the programs would be held in a university-owned building at 10th and Berks Streets.

Hilty said the move would allow Temple to place programs such as art education, architecture, art history, dance and Tyler's professional arts courses, in one 600,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the Kardon box company.

"We are in the preliminary feasibility stages of looking at the possible relocation of the Tyler program," Hilty said. "We've only just begun to do it. It involves the utilization of a good deal of under-utilized, or unutilized space."

Hilty said that if the school's arts programs were brought together in one building in North Philadelphia, each program would have "more impact" than when separated throughout the university's campuses.

Temple University operates six campuses, two in North Philadelphia and one each in Center City, Woodhaven, Ambler and Elkins Park. At Tyler's Elkins Park campus this year, 688 undergraduate and graduate students are studying professional art, Hilty said. Art courses are also taught at the main and Center City campuses.

He said the Tyler move would not lower enrollment in the art school,

because students were drawn to the school because of its "national and international reputation" and not its location.

Hilty said it was unknown how much the move would cost and if it would be financially feasible. The study being performed by the university would determine if the college would save money from the consolidation, and if the move would be acceptable to the students and faculty at Temple, he said.

"The whole eastern campus development plan involves about 20 different components," Hilty said. "With some renovations, (the Kardon building) could be very acceptable, if not excellent."

The consolidation of art programs was announced in March as part of the university's 10-year academic plan to improve education and provide more efficient operations, Hilty said.

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