Video: How St. Thomas gets its look

Ever wonder what it takes for the University of St. Thomas to achieve its distinctive look with Kasota stone?

The video above — on the current construction of the Anderson Student Center — will fill you in.

A little background on its use from the university’s Web site:

Kasota stone, which comes from quarries near Mankato, appeared on campus for the first time when Aquinas Hall was completed in 1931.

An architectural rendering from the early 1930s shows a master plan that includes a uniform look to buildings’ exteriors.

Since then, the familiar rock has been used throughout the entire lower quad on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus and it distinguishes the downtown Minneapolis campus from the surrounding high-rises and department stores.