Buildings and Monuments
Morris Residence Halls
First Samuel Morris Residence Hall
Less than three decades after the end of the Civil War, Taylor University took a bold step in fall 1894 by erecting the Sammy Morris Faith Memorial Hall, the second building constructed on Taylor's Upland campus. Located just north of where Swallow Robin stands today, Morris Hall contained a kitchen and dining room, with housing on the second floor for female students. After its conversion into a men's residence and eventually apartments for married couples, the original Sammy Morris Hall was razed in 1956.
Second Morris Hall
As part of a massive mid-1950s campus expansion program, Taylor completed the second Sammy Morris Hall in 1958. The four-story building located west of Sickler Hall housed a total of 176 students in 88 rooms. Over the course of 40 years, the building was modernized and served as home for thousands of Taylor men before it was torn down in the summer of 1998. The sympathetic response from former residents gained the attention of local newspapers and the Associated Press. Those attending Homecoming that year were offered bricks from the razed building as souvenirs.
Third Morris Hall
In an effort to continue to preserve the memory of Samuel Morris, Taylor completed work in 1998 on the third building dedicated to him. The completely modern residence hall houses a total of 280 men on four floors and is prominently located at the corner of Reade Avenue and Main Street.
To commemorate Taylor University's 150th anniversary, three bronze statues depicting key moments in Samuel Morris' life were dedicated on the campus in the fall 1996. International students, carrying the flags of their respective countries, led a procession to the statues' unveiling following a special chapel service.
The larger-than-life-size statues, first conceived in 1988 by Jamey Schmitz ’88, a Taylor student at the time, were the culmination of a six-year effort by artist/sculptor Ken Ryden of Anderson, Ind. Two of three statues stand in the midst of a reflection pool, which is in the shape of the Christian fish, Ichthus. "The story of Samuel's life deeply touched my own life, and my faith in God has been strengthened," said Ryden. "I'm hoping the students will see these narrative figures as universal symbols that apply to their own lives."
The statues, The Moment of Truth, Heeding the Call, and Sharing the Word, are located north of the Rice Bell Tower behind the Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center.
The Moment of Truth depicts Morris' miraculous escape after being kidnapped by a neighboring tribe. In the midst of being tortured by the tribe's Chief, Morris is seen looking upward where he sees a bright light and hears a voice from heaven telling him to flee. Heeding the Call shows Morris' journey to freedom through the jungle and his unwavering commitment to obey God's calling. Sharing the Word reveals Morris' steadfast resolve to "go into all the world and preach the Gospel" and demonstrates his Christian witness as a Taylor University student.