Ex-College of Alabama pupils recall enjoyment occasions at Tutwiler dorm

By August 2022, the distinctive Tutwiler dorm on the University of Alabama campus will be demolished, and the underneath-development Tutwiler Residence Corridor will be opened for students, just next doorway.

The splayed-Y modernist 1968 tower, 13 stories tall but superstitiously leaping from ground 12 to 14, stood out by more than top, in architecturally common environment. Fairly shallow flooring-to-flooring distances would have manufactured fixing and bringing up to code the outdated electric powered and plumbing methods unachievable, price-prohibitive.

Other deferred maintenance problems, and the urge to revamp the aesthetics of that block, highly visible not just to motorists and pedestrians on an average day, but to hundreds of countless numbers viewing nearby Bryant-Denny Stadium on soccer match weekends, played into the conclusion to convey it down, and reconstruct an all-new dorm.

08-08-09- Tuscaloosa, Ala- Susie Condara applies a picture frame to her dorm wall using adhesive tape in Tutwiler Dorm Saturday August 8, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.(Michael E. Palmer/Tuscaloosa News)

The new for 2022 Tutwiler will incorporate all modern connectivity conveniences, alongside with updated security systems, analyze and conference areas, and a multi-use house substantial adequate to provide as a FEMA-rated storm shelter for all residences. Tutwiler will keep the double-occupancy setup, while gang loos shared by total flooring will be gone, as each and every pair of roomies will have their individual.

Former learners who lived in Tutwiler over the decades shared reminiscences, from the poignant to the absurd, of their moments dwelling in the 2nd UA home corridor to be named for education and prison reformer Julia Tutwiler.