The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Building ranked #24 out of 50 Law Schools across the globe.
Bestchoiceschools.com recently published a list of The 50 Most Impressive Law School Building in the World, ranking the University of Memphis Law School at #24. According to the website, schools were selected based on, "their ingenuity, aesthetic beauty, and commitment to creating an environment that honors the history and study of law.”
The project description of #24, The U of M's, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law reads, "Founded in 1962 as Memphis State University College of Law, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is named for the university’s former president. Recently relocated to a former customs house built in the late 19th century, the facility underwent an extensive renovation and was reopened in 2010. Architect Bill Nixon took care to preserve many of the building’s original details including the decorative ceiling and an old federal courtroom. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building houses a number of small study spaces and offices, and though updated for efficiency, retains much of its original Southern charm."
The Memphis Flyer recently ran the story (posted by Louis Goggins) in which the Law School Dean, Peter Letsou, is quoted as saying, “This honor confirms what all of us in Memphis have long known. We have an absolutely spectacular facility that instills a great sense of pride among our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the greater Memphis community.” Bill Nixon, Lee Askew and Louis Pounders, of ANF Architects, were thrilled to meet Dean Letsou and walk him through the design process last summer shortly after he was appointed Dean.
This project, for us, will never stop being a source of great pride. This historically significant, 4-story, 169,000 sf, circa 1880 Historic Customs House with 3 previous expansions was transformed into the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in a joint venture between ANF Architects (Askew Nixon Ferguson) and Fleming Architects. ANF was the administrator of the A/E work as well as the design architect completing 100% of the Schematic and Design Development Phases, which included Historic Preservation and ADA presentations. ANF also provided the Feasibility Study, Existing Building Assessment, Programming, Planning, Design, Construction Documentation and the complete measurement and production of accurate as-built drawings in REVIT-allowing the University of Memphis and the Tennessee Board of Regents to see the building before it was built.