Alumni House, Constructed circa 1850

The Alumni House, formerly known as the Bright House, is located at the intersection of Richmond Road and College Terrace near the north end of Zable Stadium. Since 1973, the building has housed the Alumni Association, and its rooms are available to rent for special occasions, such as weddings, dinners, and formal dances. David Turner's bronze sculpture "Canada Geese" graces the Alumni House side garden bordering Richmond Road.

The Alumni House was built on land purchased from William & Mary in 1847 by Samuel F. Bright. Tbuilding was constructed in the 1850s in the Italianate style featuring a prominent decorative gable. The university rented the house in 1919-1920 to lodge professors. In 1923, the university purchased 274 acres of the Bright farm surrounding the building but not the house itself. From 1925 to 1943, the building served as the Kappa Alpha fraternity house. William & Mary purchased the house in 1946 for use as a men's dormitory, and, from 1947-1971, the building was turned into faculty apartments. In 1972, the Alumni Association rented two apartments in the building with the idea of having all Alumni Association offices under one roof. A major interior and exterior renovation, the construction of a large addition and dramatic landscape improvements resulted in the present complex, dedicated in October 1975.

Images

Alumni House, 2015

Alumni House, 2015

A 2015 image of front of the Alumni House. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House additional view, 2015

Alumni House additional view, 2015

The exterior of the Alumni House as it faces Zable Stadium, taken in 2015. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House, circa 1920-1940

Alumni House, circa 1920-1940

The Alumni House as it looked in the 1920s and 1930s when it was used as the Kappa Alpha fraternity house. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House, circa 1985-1995

Alumni House, circa 1985-1995

An image of the Alumni House following alterations in the 1980s. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House, undated

Alumni House, undated

An undated image of the exterior of the Alumni House. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House, undated

Alumni House, undated

The Alumni House in snow. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House Groundbreaking, 1995

Alumni House Groundbreaking, 1995

The Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Alumni House on October 18, 1995 with Barbara Ukrop, President Tim Sullivan, and others. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Alumni House interior, undated

Alumni House interior, undated

An undated image of a sitting room inside the Alumni House, which is available for weddings and other catered events. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

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Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary., “Alumni House, Constructed circa 1850,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/50.
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