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Alumni Hall

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1900–1901, Newman, Woodman and Harris. 89 Munson Rd.

Erected with funds from University of Maine graduates, Alumni Hall was designed by Philadelphia firm Newman, Woodman and Harris and completed in 1901. The two-and-a-half-story Renaissance Revival structure is built of brick with wood and stone trim. The plan is T-shaped, with the main facade featuring seven bays and pedimented first-floor windows and round-arched second-story windows. Three dormers run along the hipped roof on the front facade, with an additional dormer on either end of the roof; a cupola crowns the building. A monitor roof runs along the rear of the building. Round-arched second-story windows appear again along the rear of the building, although here the first-story windows have no pediments and are grouped in threes.

Alumni Hall originally housed a chapel, drill hall, and gymnasium. Its interior has been remodeled over time, beginning in 1934 when the chapel space was remodeled to house administrative offices, utility shops, and a theater. The gymnasium was later used as offices, storage, and a public television studio; it is now home to the Division of Marketing and Communications. A variety of administrative offices occupy the rest of the building. The exterior remains intact.

References

“Alumni Hall.” University of Maine. Accessed October 13, 2016. http://umaine.edu.

Beard, Frank A., and Robert L. Bradley, “University of Maine at Orono Historic District,” Penobscot County, Maine. National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, 1978. National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.

Fernal, Merritt Caldwell. History of the Maine State College and the University of Maine. Orono: University of Maine, 1916.

Hansen, Janet, “The Architecture of Maine’s Schools.” In Maine Forms of American Architecture, edited by Deborah Thompson. Camden, ME: Downeast Magazine, 1976.

Smith, David C. The First Century: A History of the University of Maine, 1865–1965. Orono: University of Maine Press, 1979.

Writing Credits

Author: 
John F. Bauman
Coordinator: 
John F. Bauman
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  • 1900

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John F. Bauman, "Alumni Hall", [Orono, Maine], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/ME-01-019-0054-01.

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