Built in 1829, the Gorgas House was the first structure to be built on the University of Alabama campus and stands as an excellent example of Low Country architecture. The Gorgas House is one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War and the only one designed by renowned architect William Nichols. Originally built as a “hotel” or “steward’s hall.” The house served as a dining hall for the University students until the mid-19th century when it became a faculty residence. The Gorgas family lived there from 1879-1953. The residence is now a house museum with collections of antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia.
In 1878, Confederate General Josiah Gorgas was appointed 7th president of the University, but shortly retired to the Gorgas House because of ill health. His wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, served as the University’s nurse, postmistress and librarian from 1883 -1907. During the time they lived in the house, it was used as an infirmary, a post office, and a refuge for homesick cadets. Maria Gorgas, the last remaining child of Josiah and Amelia Gorgas, lived in the house until her death in 1953.
The Gorgas House has held many social functions and is visited by thousands of people in the local university community. The Gorgas House may be rented for special occasions. Come take a look at the many events that could take place at the Gorgas House.
Admission is free for current University of Alabama Faculty & Staff and Students and $2.00 for all others.
2011/09/27 - 2037/01/01
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Open to the public Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30pm, or by appointment.