Gus R. Horvath
This shows the continuing progress of the construction of Alumni Hall. The scaffolding in front may be the start of the bleachers. There is a temporary storage building in front ‚Äì perhaps to store the bleachers before installation. The structure on the far right is part of the front entrance of the hall. The RecPlex would later be built along the northeast side of the hall.
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. "Alumni Hall construction looking northwest." 1959. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/157.