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This used to be my playground

October 1st, 2008 (03:20 am)

current mood: nostalgic

I just made myself thoroughly homesick by looking at photos of my alma mater on flickr.

Photo by briggsaustinb
Those triple windows on the upper left of Manly Hall are where my office was. I'd sit up there for hours and research and write papers, grade papers, meet with students, read, and mostly just stare out the window, because I could see so much of the campus I loved while I daydreamed.

Photo by Dystopos
Behind Manly is Woods Hall, the art building. (My father was an art student at UA some twenty-five years before I first went there as an undergraduate.) These were among the first buildings built after Union troops burned the campus to the ground in April 1865. The burning included the library and all its holdings, although Union Colonel Thomas M. Johnston pleaded with his commander, General John T. Croxton, to let him spare it. Ironically, General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox less than a week later--just days too late to have saved the university.

Four buildings which survived the fire exist now:

Photo by wes4ua
The President's Mansion (built in 1841)

Photo by Diamonduste
The Gorgas House (built in 1829, the oldest building on campus)

Photo from the University of Alabama online tour
Maxwell Hall, built in 1844 as the first observatory west of the Appalachian Mountains, no longer functions as an observatory.

Photo by bnicol
The Little Round House was built in 1859 as a sentry box and now houses, as best I recall, historical artifacts that are part of the library's holdings.


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