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Gus R. Horvath




This photograph shows the curved bare concrete arches that make up the “skeleton” of Alumni Hall. There is a crane on the left, and Loyola Hall is also visible on the far left in the background. Where one can see a pile of dirt in photograph there is a large parking lot in front of Alumni Hall now. Behind the car toward the left of photograph would be where the Kelley Center is now. Behind the green trailer in the middle of the photograph there is now an athletic field.


Alumni Hall is one of the earliest pre-stressed concrete structures of this kind ever attempted. Engineering magazines from the time noted that the eleven 160-foot pre-cast arches used in the building’s construction were a record-breaking span for pre-cast arch ribs used in the United States. Originally the gymnasium had a dividing wall separating it into two sections. On the floor of Alumni Hall is the Fairfield University seal. Renamed the Alumni Hall – Sports Arena in 1981, the gymnasium is the home of the women's Division I volleyball team and the Office of Sports Information. This is one of a series of 34 color slides depicting the construction of Alumni Hall from 1958-1959. The slides have been digitized in chronological order to show the progress of the construction over time, and have the identifiers SL002327 – SL002360 respectively. Image date is approximate.


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