This video describes some of the history of Brush Towers, and cites “Carbondale After Dark” at about the 5 minute mark. It also claims the dorms are supposed to be torn down, but according to Stephen Hall of Murphysboro, the master plan referred to in the video “is actually just a bid from an outside architectural firm made to an Administration and Board of Trustees who are all gone now. The towers will be around for the foreseeable future.”
“Southern Illinois University Dorm Life in 1970,” by then-student Sharon Norris, has interior shots of Brush Towers.
I lived in Mae Smith and Neely in 1976 and 1977. This is so sad to know these buildings will no longer exist in the coming years. But, the new design seems good and is hopefully energy efficient and safe for the students.
That was a great documentary. I lived in one of those towers. I think the new buildings will be nicer and more “collegie” than those huge hirises.
Finally! I got quoted on the intrawebz!!