Tyler Haynes Commons
The Tyler Haynes Commons serves as both a literal and metaphorical bridge between the Richmond College and Westhampton College campuses. Constructed in 1976, the Tyler Haynes Commons was finished near the same time that the two separate campuses were united to become the University of Richmond as it is today.
Funding for the Commons came from the capital improvements campaign called “Our Time in History,” which was initiated in 1972 to raise $50 million. Of that amount, $30 million was to be used for construction, $20 million for scholarships and academic needs. Many funders contributed to the Commons, in particular Rector and Mrs. Lewis T. Booker and Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Jenkins Jr. Tyler Haynes himself did not significantly contribute to the funding of the commons but he was a highly regarded trustee at the time.
Planning for the student activities complex started in 1973. Charles Nixon of Caudill, Rowlett, and Scott from Houston, Texas was hired as the architect for designing the building. Construction began in the winter of 1975 and was completed in the fall of 1976.
On December 13, 1984, the University Commons was dedicated to William Tyler Haynes, Richmond College Class of 1922. The complex was named after Tyler Haynes because of how much he truly cared about the student community at UR. “It is most appropriate that the University Commons at the University of Richmond be named for Dr. W. Tyler Haynes, for his interest in University of Richmond students runs deep."
While the exterior of the Collegiate Gothic complex has remained relatively unchanged since its opening in 1976, the interior has experienced multiple redecorations and renovations. The Tyler Haynes Commons has adjusted to the wants and needs of the university. Today, the Tyler Haynes Commons serves as the heart of the University of Richmond. Hundreds of students pass through every day, stopping to eat, chat, study, or relax. The Tyler Haynes Commons bridges together both campuses by offering a state-of-the-art, modern, and inviting environment.