Gus R. Horvath
Through the concrete arches of Alumni Hall, cars and Gonzaga Hall can be seen in the background. Loyola Hall is visible in the background on the far right. There used to be a road that went from in front of Alumni Hall heading toward Loyola, then south toward Gonzaga and up the hill to meet the road between the Chapel and Bellarmine. There is no road anymore ‚Äì just sidewalk where the cars are in the photograph. This is all sidewalks and walking paths now. On the far left, Canisius would be just beyond the view of the photograph.
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. "Bare concrete arches of Alumni Hall construction looking west." 1959. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/149.