Christian Universities Online has named Samford University as one of the nation's Most Beautiful Christian Universities.
Samford is located in the suburbs of Homewood, which is just minutes from downtown Birmingham, Alabama. This beautiful prestigious Christian campus houses more than 50 Georgian Colonial Buildings and sits on picturesque 180-acres. While being known as an idyllic place, you'll experience spiritual growth and an appreciation for nature. On the school's campus you will find a life-size statue of benefactor Ralph Waldo Beeson at the south end of Centennial Walk; speaking of, is the focal point of the central quadrangle. This monumental physicality was completed in 1987-1988 to commemorate Samford's 100th anniversary in Birmingham.
The Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center is home to popular performance venues for the community. What make this landmark so special are the five chandeliers that hang in the grand foyer. These pieces are known to be hidden gems. What makes the chandeliers so special is that they hung in the historic Temple Theater of Birmingham for more than 40 years. With such a proactive and progressive move of the university, these precious crystals became part of the university.
Samford University, formerly known as Howard College, moved from Marion to Birmingham's East Lake area in 1887.
Amongst the campus stood an oak tree that commemorated the university's first president, Samuel Sterling Sherman. However, in 1957 Samford was on the move again to its now, what seems to be permanent, location in Homewood. The long standing oak tree did not make to move but acorns and barks were saved for future usage. The tree fragments were cultivated into Sherman Oak seedlings. Today the Sherman Oak Tree stands in front of Samford Hall along with a plaque which serves of a reminder if the school's first president.
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