Tutwiler may be gone, but its spirit will live on

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Tutwiler Hall stood high in Tuscaloosa’s skyline for decades before 675 pounds of dynamite sent the 13 story building crumbling to the ground on Monday, July 4.

Once the dust settled, all that remained were the memories and the new Julia Tutwiler Hall.

“I know it is kind of sad, but this had to change. It wasn’t up to being renovated any longer,” said Suzy Curtis Sanders, who pressed the button that ignited the explosives.

The University of Alabama alumna lived in Tutwiler Hall in 1982 with her roommate, Sonia Green Hankins.

“This is bitter-sweet because this is the first time I’ve seen the new Tutwiler, and it makes me a little sad to see it come down, but I’m kind of sentimental,” said Hankins.

However, the space now covered by Tutwiler’s rubble will have a bright future ahead of it as a courtyard slated to open when students return to campus in the fall.

But the old Tutwiler will live on beyond the memories of the scores who called it home away from home. The 50-year-old concrete will be recycled and used for other building projects.

“It’s very appropriate that out of the dust of the old Tutwiler, the new Tutwiler was right there, so we like that symbolism,” said Vice President of Campus Development Tim Leopard.

The cleanup process will begin on Monday, July 11 and is scheduled to be completed before the start of the next semester.

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