Gus R. Horvath
This shows the concrete arches that make up the skeleton of Alumni Hall, seen from inside the structure. Loyola Hall is visible through the ribs of the skeleton, as well as the north corner of Gonzaga Hall on the left.
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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äì 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 ‚Äì SL002360 respectively. Image date is approximate.
Slide; color; 2 x 2 in.
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Gus R. Horvath. "Open arches of Alumni Hall construction looking west north-west." 1958. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/148.