Old Observatory

  • Also Known As: The Observatory

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Frederick R Maxwell Hall

Old University of Alabama Observatory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was a celestial observatory built for the University of Alabama in 1844. In 1865, the observatory was ransacked by Union troops, salvaged pieces of the telescope sent to Bryce Hospital for storage. The Old Observatory than was used to store salvaged items from the ruined University. The building was renamed in honor of Alabama University Consulting Engineer Fred R Maxwell, who was instrumental in preserving the remnants of the 1800s campus. - AsNotedIn

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1844/00/00 University of Alabama Observatory is built

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Particulars for Old Observatory:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Building Type Astronomical Observatory
Science Astronomy
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Education
Architectural Style Greek Revival
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Research facility
Owner State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 14th January 1972

Registry Name: Old Observatory
Registry Address: N of University Blvd., on University of Alabama campus
Registry Number: 72000187
Resource Type: Building
Owner: State
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Greek revival
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Education, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1844
Historic Function: Education
Historic Sub-Function: Research facility
Current Function: Education
Current Sub-Function: College

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