University of Alabama W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library
University of Alabama Rotunda 1859
The University of Alabama opened in 1831 with a campus of seven buildings, including the Rotunda, two dormitories, two faculty
houses, the laboratory, and a hotel which later became known as the Gorgas House. The Rotunda, destroyed in a fire during
the Civil War, housed the university library and was patterned after Thomas Jefferson's designs for the University of Virginia.