One of the Cullen Building's coolest features is its tower, with its stunning views of Georgetown and stone walls covered in the signatures of former students. Each spring, graduating seniors have an opportunity to climb the staircase to the tower and add their signatures to its walls.
The Golden Bowl is a special recognition awarded by the Spirit of Barcus (Southwestern's first alumnus President), and given to a student who demonstrates exceptional service to their fellow students and the University community. Truthfully, Barcus is fairly mysterious, even to us.
The Cullen Building's two main staircases were built with different rises and depths. Women's fashions of the nineteenth century supposedly demanded that their steps be not as tall and have a longer tread so that fourteen steps on the women's side equaled thirteen for the equivalent staircase on the men's side. It's true!

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cullen Building

You can see it from miles around, so it's no surprise that the Cullen Building is the image that people most often associate with Southwestern.

Built from local limestone at the end of the Victorian era, the “Admin building” (as it was once known) has at one time or another been home to every aspect of University life — academic and administrative offices, classrooms, the library, the chapel, the gymnasium, and even residence and dining facilities. Today, Cullen is configured with six classrooms and offices for the Provost, Human Resources, Business Office, Fiscal Affairs, and the President.

The Cullen Building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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