I Never Knew That Was There


For all of you thrill-seeking, ghost-loving Halloween fanatics, I know the sacred day of the dead has come and gone for another season but fear not. There is still a place on campus to get you thrills of the paranormal while also increasing the heart rate.

Its the one of the oldest buildings on campus, built in 1931 for a whopping $400,000, nestled on the edge of the Forty Acres where students can go for other activities besides lifting weights. And if you don’ mind the squeaky sounds or eerie lorckerrooms, its a magical place to dance, play basketball or even shoot in the archery range (if you are a member of the club team of course).

Just avoid in the summer. No AC in the gyms.


Anna Hiss Gymnasium was named in 1974 after historical UT faculty member and Director of Physical Training for Women, Anna Hiss. In fact, His was in charge of planning the construction of the building and believe it or not, it was long considered model architecture throughout the nation.

The gym was originally built to meet the needs of female students and specialized in activities interesting to only women. Now, the facility has two basketball courts for patrons to play basketball, volleyball or dodgeball, two dance studios, a hallway for table tennis and an archery range.

Now I don’t want to sound like a complete loser for saying its scary, but put yourself in my shoes at 10 o’clock  at night, all alone locking up the building. The lights flicker, doors squeak and there is always the lurking thought of the demolished natatorium and filled in swimming pool.

Besides that it is a great place to shoot some hoops if you feel subpar at Gregory or the Rec Center. And the archery range in the lower floor always leaves the imagination wandering to a possible attack from deranged archers. Of course this will never happen, but what if?

So if you are brave enough and fit enough to walk out to almost Dean Keaton and Speedway, stop by Anna Hiss for a look into UT’s history and a quick game of basketball.

Just don’t go downstairs.

I am writing about UT Rec Sports


4 Responses to I Never Knew That Was There

  1. msherfield says:

    I can honestly say that Anna Hiss is one of the creepiest little buildings I’ve ever been in. Everything makes a horror-movie like noise and the privacy is a little more than what you would want. The lack of A/C in Texas is also quite inconvenient. That said, good to know it’s there and it’s always an option. The map is also a very nice addition, Austin, as are the photos and history behind the building, well done.

  2. Leigh. says:

    anna hiss gym is CREEPY, i hugely second michael. the women’s bathroom is the mostly oddly built room i’ve been in, too.

  3. Adam Aldrete says:

    Anna Hiss gym is such a quaint little place. The range downstairs is a bit creepy but my organization likes to play dodge ball here.

  4. Cassandra Hernandez says:

    I used to pass by this gym all of the time but thought it was closed for some reason? I can definitely see the creepiness factor that everyone is talking about. I definitely want to check it out and see what it has to offer.

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