Unique Places and Spaces
Since its founding in 1831, Xavier University has built and acquired unique buildings, statues and works of art, some of which are noted here.
Hinkle Hall was one of the first two buildings erected on campus when Xavier moved from downtown Cincinnati in 1919. Its Tudor-Gothic architecture resembles the family castle in Navarre, Spain, of St. Francis Xavier, a co-founder of the 450-year-old Jesuit order of Catholic priests and the University's namesake.
Historic Tile Markers
On the front side of Hinkle Hall (facing Victory Parkway) and in front of the Cintas Center are two tile markers pulled from historic Xavier buildings. The "AAC" marker in front of the Cintas Center came from the entrance of the former Avondale Athletic Club, which was the first building the University purchased when it moved from its downtown location to its present site. The "St. Xavier College" marker in front of Hinkle Hall was taken from the entrance of the University's original building in downtown Cincinnati.
The chapel, named after St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., was built in 1962. The chapel's unusual construction includes a 122-foot roof in the form of a hyperbolic paraboloid that is not supported by any walls. It was recently expanded to accommodate a growing congregation.
A bronze statue of D'Artagnan, one of the legendary Three Musketeers, stands poised to lead on the plaza in front of the Cintas Center. It was created by local artist Tom Tsuchiya and erected in 2000.
Our Lady, Queen of Victory and Peace
This stone statue overlooking Victory Parkway was erected in 1946 as a war memorial to the 86 "sons of Xavier" who gave their lives in war. It was rededicated in 1999.
A 200-pound solid brass Foucault pendulum hangs from the ceiling in the Lindner physics building in a never-ending circle across a wooden map of the United States. The circle demonstrates the rotation of the earth, though the pendulum, powered by an electro-magnet, actually swings in a single plane while the earth rotates around it.
The Scales of Justice
This modern stainless steel structure was erected on the residential mall in 2002. The sculpture is a 15-foot-high working scale that students can balance using metal stones engraved with ethics-related words.
St. Francis Xavier Statue
The statue of the co-founder of the Jesuit order was dedicated in 1953 and rebuilt in 1985 by Bernard Schmidt of the art department faculty. It's on the stairs below University Drive facing Victory Parkway.
The University has two time capsules—one at the rear entrance to the Lindner physics building to be opened in 2040, and one, buried during the "atomic age" outside the Logan chemistry building, to be opened in 2053.
In 2003, the University remodeled this former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. plant into offices. Many of its original 1930s-era art-deco architectural elements were kept, including a sweeping staircase and mural in the front hall rotunda. It's the only campus building on the historic register.
On the roof of the Lindner physics building is an observatory equipped with eight high-powered telescopes, a retractable roof and a computer that snaps digital photos of objects seen in space. Students use it to study such phenomena as lunar and solar eclipses and the passing of the planet Mars.
Roof art—gargoyles, dragons, sitting horses and tall owls—adorn the roof cornices of Xavier's oldest buildings on University Drive. Just look up. A must-see are the animal sculptures on the Albers biology building such as an elephant head, crawling lizards and alligators.
The colorful stained glass windows in the chapel of Schott Hall, built in 1970 as a Jesuit residence, are seen by more visitors today since the building was renovated in 2003 and the admission office moved into the first floor. The Jesuits now live in another building on campus.
Inside the front doors of Hinkle Hall is another stained glass window of Jesus, which was taken from the chapel inside the building, when it was converted from the Jesuits' original residence to office space.
Ignatius Loyola Statue
Italian craftsmen created this bronze statue of St. Ignatius, who co-founded the Jesuit order more than 450 years ago with St. Francis Xavier. The piece was added to the academic mall in 2003.
James E. Hoff, S.J., Statue
A bronze statue of Xavier's beloved 33rd president, depicts him doing what he loved best - talking with students. The sculpture of Hoff, who died in 2004, and two students is at the entrance to the dining hall that also bears his name.