Harris Hall removal makes way for sorority and fashion design

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Erin Patterson

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

Harris Hall on Colonial Drive, a dormitory for male and female students built in the late 1930s, is the next to be demolished after Tutwiler Hall implosed on Monday July 4.

Harris Hall was built in 1939 and is 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.

Tim Leopard, UA’s senior campus development associate, said the Harris Hall move will make way for two new student buildings.

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

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

Because Harris Hall is not a 13-story building, the demolition will be much more low-key, Leopard said.

“They have big excavation equipment and they will just eat away at the building,” he said. “They started at the back corner, and you’ll notice we’re picking up the brick to put on the new Drummond Lyon Hall.”

Drummond Hall Lyon will be a 25,000 square foot facility that will house a collection of fashion and textile archives, a conservation laboratory, an exhibit gallery, two classrooms, reception and conference space, and offices for teachers.

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

Joseph E. Golightly