Gus R. Horvath
This is a view of what would soon become the back wall of the gymnasium (Alumni Hall) looking south. Through the scaffolding at dusk are visible two yellow cranes from the Leake & Nelson Co. Inc., a large steel fabrication and erection company. The School of Nursing would later be built in 1977 on the far right, and deep in the trees on the right the Nyselius Library would be constructed in 1968.
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 with scaffolding and cranes looking south." 1958. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/164.