Bryant Hall with Statues, 1965

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Title

Bryant Hall with Statues, 1965

Subject

Dormitories
University of Alabama
Sports

Description

Constructed for $1 million in 1963 and equipped with rooms for 136 athletes and a dining hall to feed 150, Bryant Hall was one of the finest athletic dorms in its time. Named for then athletic director and head football coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant, it was the first building in the state of Alabama named for a living person and required the state legislature to waive a law that prohibited buildings from being named after a living person. In the late 1990s, the NCAA passed legislation that did away with athletic-specific housing and dining so part of Bryant Hall was then turned into an academic center.

In 2005, following 18 months of interior redesigning, Bryant Hall – the dorm – has been transformed into the Paul W. Bryant Academic Center. More than just fresh paint and new carpeting, Bryant Hall has been converted into a state-of-the-art academic facility that covers 52,300 square feet and features some of the most modern technology to benefit all of the over 425 Crimson Tide student-athletes.

Source

Paul W. Bryant Museum

Date

1965

Contributor

Taylor Watson (Description)
Elizabeth Bradt (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2254

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

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