For more than 80 years, the original Auburn Oaks stood at Toomer’s Corner, providing shade for those who gathered beneath them to tell stories, make memories, and share the Auburn Spirit. Sadly, they are gone, but their tradition lives on through classic—even elegant—memorabilia.

This past fall, students in the Industrial Design program, in conjunction with the Office of Development and the Office of Communication and Marketing, designed a display that will honor the two oak trees that once graced the corner of Magnolia Ave. and College St. The display will be unveiled on campus later in the year. The design challenge was certainly unique, given the limited material to work with as well as the reverence the trees hold in the hearts of alumni, students, fans and friends of Auburn University and the City of Auburn. The students and faculty involved recognized the great responsibility and honor inherent in this project.


The Samford Hall Collection is comprised of an assortment of one-of-a-kind Auburn merchandise and memorabilia created for the Auburn Family by the Auburn Family, including the university's official ornament. The 2015 ornament will commemorate the Auburn Oaks in glass and will be unveiled in late February. The collection is designed and crafted exclusively for Auburn University by Orbix Hot Glass, a family-run glassblowing studio in Fort Payne, Alabama, owned and operated by Auburn alumnus Cal Breed. Products from the Samford Hall Collection will be sold through an online store via the Auburn University Marketplace. For more information, or to see the products in the Samford Hall Collection, visit



Our "I Heart Auburn Oaks" shirts are also now available at the Auburn University Bookstore. You can order them here.

Last Updated: June 12, 2015

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