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the structure from which this picture was made?
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Gorgas Library from Denny Chimes
Hubble space telescope?
What is, The Thomas Jefferson Memorial?
This is a two part question
It looks like Maxwell Hall - the UA Observatory which was built in the early 1800s. No clue if that is correct or where this would've been taken from, though. Maxwell was one of only a handful of buildings that weren't totally destroyed in the Union raids though.
Designed by a Jefferson protege
Only four buildings were not destroyed by Union troops, Maxwell was not one of them, it was built later.
Incorrect, according to UA. (http://tour.ua.edu/tourstops/maxwell.html)
Situated on the highest point of the original campus, Maxwell Hall was built as the first celestial observatory at The University of Alabama. It is one of the oldest observatory buildings in the United States. Through the efforts of Professor F. A. P. Barnard, the first section of the building was completed in 1844. Prominently visible today are both the 18 foot dome and the north-south ceiling aperture above the west wing. Under the dome, Bernard installed an eight-inch refracting telescope, and for the northwest aperture, he installed a transit circle, a telescope to measure the time of meridian passage and altitude of a celestial body.
During the burning of the campus in 1865, the observatory suffered greatly but was not destroyed. The doors had been forced open and most of the equipment had been ransacked and broken. Pieces of the telescope had been stolen by federal troops, but most of the remaining lenses were sent to Bryce Hospital for safe keeping. Because the observatory was the only surviving public building, it was used to store anything salvaged from the ruins of the University.
Okay, let me rephrase, there were only four buildings that were unmolested. Maxwell was extensively damaged, and as you said, was not complete at the time. Of the four unmolested buildings, one was eventually demolished by the University. Can you name the three that still exist.
Bear Bryant's tower?
Maxwell would have been west/southwest of this structure. It is on a higher piece of ground.
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I assume President's Mansion and Gorgas House are two (the UA article said Maxwell was the only public building not totally destroyed, implying the others were private residences or buildings.)
Can't think of the third immediately, but maybe the Round House as it was an army garrison and would, presumptively, be owned and operated by the federal government? Or was it only converted to a garrison post by the Rebs?
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