Harris Hall removal makes way for sorority, fashion design building

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Erin Patterson

Another University of Alabama building is destined to bite the dust this month.

Harris Hall on Colonial Drive, a dorm for male and female students built in the late 1930s, is up next for demolition following the implosion of Tutwiler Hall on Monday, July 4.

Harris Hall was built in 1939 and named after Agnes Ellen Harris, who served as dean of women at the university from 1927 to 1952.

The building was completed with funds from the Works Progress Administration, a federal fund created during the Great Depression to stimulate the national economy.

UA Campus Development Senior Associate Tim Leopard said Harris Hall’s removal will make way for two new student buildings.

“This is a part of the master plan development of Drummond Lyon Hall and a lot for a new sorority,” Leopard said. “We previously took down the old AGD house, and so the south end of Harris Hall and the AGD house, that’s where we will put the sorority and the north end will be Drummond Lyon Hall.

The Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority will move into the new house, and fashion retailing and apparel design students will move into the new academic hall.

Because Harris Hall isn’t a 13-story building, demolition will be a lot more low-key, Leopard said.

“They have a big piece of excavation equipment and they’ll just chew away at the building,” he said. “They’ve started on the back corner, and you’ll notice we’re salvaging the brick to put on the new Drummond Lyon Hall.”

Drummond Lyon Hall will be a 25,000 square-foot facility that will house a collection of fashion archives and textiles, a conservation laboratory, an exhibit gallery, two studio classrooms, space for receptions and lectures and offices for faculty.

Construction begins this fall and the building is scheduled to open in 2024.

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