Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
In 1858, a large classroom was added as an east wing, and today it is the oldest classroom on campus. Although ransacked by Union troops on April 4, 1865, the Observatory was one of only four structures to survive the destruction of the campus. Early in the twentieth century, the building was used for student housing. Rep. Carl Elliot lived here as an undergraduate. Later, offices for various University agencies were located here, and in 1986 the structure was named in honor of Fred R. Maxwell, Jr. for his long and dedicated service to the University. In 1993, the building was refurbished for the use of New College's External Degree and Computer-Based Honors Programs.
Location. 33° 12.67′ N, 87° 33′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on Stadium Drive north of University Blvd, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Building # 2152, Frederick R. Maxwell Hall is located on the Campus of the University of Alabama. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delta Kappa Epsilon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morgan Hall, 1910 (about 800 feet away); Gorgas House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site Of Franklin Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oliver-Barnard Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Little Round House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marr’s Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gorgas-Manly Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Also see . . . An Antebellum Observatory in Alabama. by Gene Byrd and Robert Mellown of Sky and Telescope. The story about Maxwell Hall is located toward the bottom of this web page. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • Education • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.