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Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Maxwell Hall

 
 
Maxwell Hall Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 17, 2008
1. Maxwell Hall Marker Side A
Inscription. Here, on the highest point of the original campus, stands the first celestial observatory at The University of Alabama and one of the oldest observatory buildings in the United States. Through the efforts of Professor F. A. P. Barnard, the first section of this building was completed in 1844. Prominently visible today are both the eighteen-foot dome and the north-south ceiling aperture above the west wing. Under the dome, Barnard installed an eight-inch refracting telescope, and for the northwest aperture, he installed a transit circle--a telescope to measure the time of meridian passage and altitude of a celestial body.

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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.
 
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Maxwell Hall Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 17, 2008
2. Maxwell Hall Marker Side B
Unversitat. Alabam. SIGILL.
 
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. Touch 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); Autherine Lucy Foster (about 600 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
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Maxwell Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, March 13, 2010
3. Maxwell Hall and Marker
The west wing of Maxwell Hall and the eighteen-foot dome. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 11, 2008
4. The west wing of Maxwell Hall and the eighteen-foot dome.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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