LiveHere - CommunitiesDuren (ADH) - Co-ed Residence Hall
Opened in 2007, the newest hall is named after Almetris "Mama" Duren who helped African-American students at the University from 1956 to 1980. Almetris Duren Hall, located in the Whitis Area Community, showcases "Azteca" Seneca Quarry Tile flooring in the lobby and exposed red oak wood beams and Texas heritage furniture in the formal lounge. It also includes the Gallery of Texas Rivers.
Almetris Duren Residence Hall
2624 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78705
- "Azteca" Seneca Quarry Tile flooring in Lobby and First Floor Common Areas
- Four bronze commemorative Texas floor medallions
- Exposed red oak wood beams and Texas heritage furniture in Formal Lounge
- Study/lounge space on each floor
- Card swipe system to access the living areas
- Video surveillance system for exterior doors and elevator lobbies
- Connecting and Private bath
- 24-hour desk with ability to monitor access system and video surveillance system
- Game room
- Exercise room
- Laundry room
- Texas Rivers Room - a multipurpose room
- Private courtyard framed around century old Live Oak
- Individual room thermostats
- Located across from Kinsolving Dining Center and Kins Market
- Located near Littlefield Patio Cafe
- Average RA to student ratio 1:48
- Academic year rates comparable to San Jacinto Hall
A Bit of History
Almetris Marsh Duren was a maternal figure to some and she always had an ear ready to listen to the problems and concerns of the African American students of UT during the time of UT's racial integration of the 60s. She gave the students advice and helped guide them as they made their way through the University during a very difficult time.
Almetris Co-Op, named after Almetris Marsh Duren in 1958, was a dormitory, boarding house, social center, and even Sunday School for African American students. Upon the occasion of her retirement in August, 1981, she was celebrated by The University of Texas at Austin community as an irreplaceable lady of energy, commitment, humility, devotion, compassion and integrity.
Learn more at A Gift of Love.
You can also learn more about the construction and hall features of Duren Hall.