In a matter of minutes the Campus Corner, a popular hangout for Tarleton students in the 1930s and 40s, became a pile of rubble Monday when a crew demolished the structure as part of an expansion of the Tarleton Alumni Center.

Located adjacent to the Alumni House on the corner of McIlhaney and Tarleton streets, the Campus Corner was purchased by the Tarleton Alumni Association (TAA) in 2006 ahead of the association's plans to develop the property as part of the "Coming Home Campaign."

"During the past few years, the TAA board of directors has investigated numerous options with regard to the Campus Corner and a multipurpose facility," said Todd Searcy, president of the association. "With the initial intent for the Campus Corner to be renovated in Phase 2 of the campaign, a large effort has been undertaken to understand all options for that facility."

On July 30, TAA directors voted to tear down the Campus Corner after analyzing costs associated with renovating the structure.

"In the end due to the overall instability of the structure, restoration to a useful facility turned out to be extremely expensive," said Searcy.

The TAA board of directors opted for a plan to replace the structure with a courtyard plaza.

Plans call for an 18-inch wall of field limestone, similar to the rock wall around the Tarleton campus, to be built around the plaza. Wrought iron gates and four green lampposts, all reminiscent of the university's campus, are also planned. Searcy said the plaza will include textured concrete with a large purple "T."

"I believe this plaza will provide an area that all alumni will be proud of and, not only enhance the look of the TAA property, but also add to the beauty of the Tarleton campus," Searcy added.

He said the plaza should be completed by the 2011 Homecoming. Planning is also under way for a multipurpose facility that will serve as a site for reunions, receptions, parties and seminars which will be paid for from private gifts.

To learn more about the Coming Home Campaign, donation opportunities or other ways to contribute to the project, contact the Tarleton Alumni Association at (254) 968-9682 or visit www.tarletonalumni.org.