Gus R. Horvath
Pictured is the front entrance of Alumni Hall. Canisius is the building on the far right. The corner of Bellarmine (a chimney) can be seen above the roof of the gym in the trees. Donnaruma had not yet been built ‚Äì later it would be constructed over the right wing of the gym. The roads in this photograph have also been reconfigured. The cars in the lot are where the Barone Campus Center would later be constructed. The road on the far left is North Benson. Alumni House would later be built behind the photographer on the hill. The RecPlex would be built on the far left right next to the gym.
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 looking southwest." 1959. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/160.